Ever since I was in high school, I have always loved watching Korean dramas. One of the primary reasons I love watching kdrama is the learning that I gain from it. I always love to learn more, and my favorite way of learning is by watching dramas. According to definitions.net, “Korean drama or K-drama refers to televised dramas in the Korean language, made in South Korea, mostly in a miniseries format, with distinctive features that set it apart from regular Western television series or soap operas.” The language in Korean dramas is in Korean, but thankfully, most of the videos have English subtitles; that’s why I can understand it. Upon watching Korean dramas, I learn different things such as how to engage with other people, how love works in my teenage years, and how not to give up even if the situation is not smooth sailing. It was a fun and happy experience for me at first, but recently I had this profound realization while watching. I want to see God in this thing that I love to do. I want to see God more and not just learn something from watching kdrama. For me, everything that I watch is pointless if I don’t see God in it. And, it was a bet for me with God. Why? Because Korea has a different culture from the Philippines. I don’t know if I will see God in this kdramas when I don’t even know if they believe God as much as we believe God. I don’t know if I am wasting my time watching 12-16 episodes of kdrama with 1 hour duration.
But, I still believe in the Lord’s way. And indeed, He will meet us anywhere and surely in the things that we love to do. It is His way for me to know that He loves me so much that He will meet and even greet me while watching kdrama. The recent kdrama that I’ve watched is “Youth of May,” It was a story of two lovers who met in the middle of the war in Gwangju, South Korea. It was full of sacrificial moments that I saw Jesus on Myeong Hee (the protagonist in the story), who is always willing to give her life to save other people. Even if it hurts, she chose to sacrifice because it is her way to love other people. It is her way of love, just like the Lord’s way of love to us. The Lord’s way is willing to give His all up to the point that He gave His only begotten son Jesus for us to be redeemed from sin. It was painful for Jesus, but it’s His way to show His love for us. I cannot blame myeong hee and even Jesus for choosing sacrifice because I know that there is joy and love in every decision they have made. In this kdrama, I also saw my fellow youth missionaries striving to continue the mission even if they have experienced different pains from the past. It is always a happy experience for me to watch kdrama, but God made it a joyful encounter because it became His way for me to appreciate Him more.
The Lord’s way for me may be different from you. May we always seek God in everything we do, even if it’s watching movies, listening to music, and even playing games. God will surely meet us if we strive to see His presence. Always remember that God loves what you love. It is His way of loving. May you let Him love you in His unique way.
Ayhen Bathan is a Mission Volunteer of MFC Youth serving in the Luzon Missions Team.