The hustle and bustle of the Makati of the South subsides as darkness hover the place. Still, the honking of the vehicles, the mumblings and grumblings of people from different walks of life disturb my senses. The chilly wind caresses my curls and adds more goose bumps, realizing that it was past 11 o’clock in the evening.
The scenario is still vivid though it happened more than a month ago. I was with two Chinese friends, Sing and Janice, standing by the highway, waiting for a passenger jeepney bound to Tagayaty. It seemed forever. It could have been better if it was earlier like past six o’clock or later than that, but not at almost midnight. I thought it was one of the best stroll at Paseo de Sta. Rosa. It wasn’t, until I realized that it was one of the best experiences I had because of some awesome opportunities!
I often ponder and wonder about the power of prayer. But during that time, I was quite anxious about our situation. There were no passenger jeepneys that pass after 11 o’clock. The activities done earlier flashed and rushed in my troubled mind while I uttered prayers – that God would provide a ride so we could be home safely, that my sick sister won’t be stressed with our delay, that…,that…,that…, and many other prayers.
We never intended to linger at Paseo and gallivant at the more than wee hours. My two friends just came from Hongkong on the afternoon that day, and we wanted to unwind and bond. Since we came past eight o’clock at Paseo, we thought we could finish our activities early. There were unplanned ones which we did that thought would cause delay. It was not included in our itinerary, to visit a Spa. It was for my friends to have relaxation. We met a 9-year old boy on the way who sells sampaguita garlands. He begged us buy his goods so he could go home, he lives at Calamba, Laguna (quite far). We were touched. I was impressed that we were the answer to his prayers. We were happy to buy the remaining garlands so he could go home. It’s a great opportunity to help! I’m glad, I never let go of that opportunity.
There was actually an option to ride a tricycle, but I insisted not to have it because I have a trauma, my other foreign friends were almost raped because they took a tricycle during a night travel. God provided through a service van of the nursing students who had duty in a hospital outside the town and it came on just on time. We were given the favor to ride until we reached the Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP). From there, we were able to ride one of the nursing students’ car when she was fetched from the main gate. It was indeed a great opportunity too!
Have you ever imagined how God would hear and answer different prayers at the same time? Imagine different people with diversified beliefs, languages and geographical location. I can’t fathom it, yet I believe, God in His Omnipotence, Omniscience and Omnipresence can do it, easier than a wink of an eye. All you have to do is grab the best opportunity — TO PRAY!
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