Del Rosario: Stay Awake!

SOMETIME ago, I had the opportunity to be in the “City that never sleeps,” New York! It is known to many as the “Big Apple.”

On one of its islands stands the Statute of Liberty that has welcomed millions of immigrants to its shores, to the “land of milk and honey.”

New York is home to Broadway shows; a place for street hotdogs, pretzels, bagels, and soft tacos. It is home to brand names that have made it to the top of their fields. Of course, it was also home to the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, of 9/11 fame.

Mentioning “New York” brings out many memories and evokes various “emotions” in various people.

Being brought up and raised in Baguio, I only had childhood dreams of seeing snow. My encounters with snow were in comic books, storybooks, movies and newspaper reports. I have heard and read about how destructive and damaging a snowstorm can be. Flight cancellations, being stranded, vehicular accidents, and death from cold, are just some of its negative effects.

Climate change has caused blizzards and snowstorms to be less predictable and more destructive in recent years. Many lives have been lost and billions of dollars in damages have been caused by their newfound severity.

As I had never seen snow falling, I had wished and prayed for snow on my first winter trip to America. The Weather Channel had reported a 70% chance of snow on my first day in New York!

While the temperatures were down to negative 20 degress Fahrenheit during the day, colder than inside our walk-in freezers, there was no snow the whole day.

But God granted my wish that night! It snowed!

The next morning, I looked out my window to see snow all over the place.

But it had stopped snowing! I was asleep when it snowed!

My Dearest Children,

I still love to think of snow as blessings beautifully disguised in soft, tiny, pure, and white flakes!

I hope you will have the chance to see snow fall someday, but may you be spared from its ill effects.

That morning, in my disappointment that I had slept through the opportunity to live out my childhood dream, I immediately recalled the bible story of the 5 foolish bridesmaids who had long been waiting for the bridegroom to come, but were unprepared when he did arrive, as they had failed to stock up on oil. The other five bridesmaids were wise, had prepared and were allowed to join in the celebration!
I was just like the first five!

“Be prepared” was the lesson I learned and share from that experience!

A simple request for a “wake up” call from the front desk, and readiness to stand up, would have made my dream come true!

Matthew 25:13 says at the end of the story about the 10 bridesmaids, “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of Man cometh.”
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