Softball and Dreams - 4-A A +A
By Joel Panes
Monday, October 7, 2013
WHILE there are dreams that are for the mankind’s consumption, dreams are still as personal to the receiver as bed time stories are to toddlers. To have beheld white light in a dream means understanding two symbols. The Creator uses these symbols consistently to convey a divine intention. A theospective interpretation of a dream would derive its meanings from symbols and allegories He had used in the Holy Scriptures.
The color white represents purity or the state of having been purified. The prophet Daniel describes His vision of the Ancient of Days as wearing “a robe white as wool” (Daniel 7); while the prophet Isaiah writes of the Creator’s call for Israel to reason with Him so that sins which are as scarlet be made “white as snow (Isaiah 1:18).”
Light on the other hand, represents the Word of God. The 119th Psalm writes, “Thy Word is a Lamp unto my feet and light unto my path.” One apostle describes the Light from the Father of Lights as one “with whom there is no change or shifting shadow (James 1:7).”
The visitation of white light of incomparable luminosity which had not cast any shadow had meant that His Sovereign presence would be universal present in all my lot. That doesn’t mean I am perfect. We are not faultless. But the dream shows the Creator’s compassion toward the created by saying no mortal imperfection or shortcoming is too overwhelming that His mercy cannot set it aside. Perhaps, snaring the first gold medal for softball in the PRISAA for the university and the region was the Dream Giver’s way of manifesting what could be just the beginning of the pre-ordained glory He had prepared.
I remember that when CAR collegiate softball broke into the national scene, we desired to be respected. Some in the local front scoffed that it would be just like any other out of town tournament experience. Historically, that meant just like the other teams before us, we would also rationalize and say that being a mere participant in the national games is the ultimate honor.
Sadly for the doomsayers, we had not fit the mold. Nowadays, CAR softball denominated by UC is esteemed to be known by caliber teams of UAAP and SCUAA. We are honored to have been invited by the esteemed organizers of the National Intercollegiate Softball Championship. Even from Brunei, we once received a royal invitation but even with accommodation and food provided, the cost of airfare is still prohibitive.
From pundits, we hear sounds of the revival of Baguio City’s membership in the Little League Philippines. Baguio schools and softball clubs should meet this development with excitement. No other tournament in the world with participants from 12 to 18 years old enjoys the international prestige of the Little League World Championships. During the Baguio Day’s festivities, I saw young soft belles from public schools play. Are they getting ready? Where are the private schools?
I have always marveled at the work coaches and parents do in softball with limited logistics. I see the “puso” written all over but in my lowly opinion, heart is not enough. I hear words such as “tiwala.” As the Pilipinas’ puso tagline fell short against Iran and its 7-foot behemoth, heart and trust will not be enough against a clear, distinct and developed advantage. As for me, the Provider of Beneficial Secrets is my advantage.
But you, what is your dream? Whether from anonymity or transparency, you may email your dream for a simple interpretation firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 08, 2013.