|My team may have given me a nice birthday gift, but|
the Lord had a nicer plan on celebrating it.
Let's start with a Scripture: "Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. (Proverbs 27:1)"
I locked everything up for April 24 the day before. I booked a slot for the press conference of renowned figure skater Michael Martinez at the Royal View Seafood Restaurant in MOA. Then I also got a spot at Eastwood for a bloc screening of "Iron Man 3". Then I set to go to Victory Pioneer's first Wednesday service.
What happened? I made it to the Mike Martinez presscon and left there in time. But the traffic at EDSA from Roxas Boulevard to Taft Avenue was so heavy that it used up about 30 minutes of my time. I had to rush to the MRT only to find out that the train departed at exactly 4:00 PM, the time I and my fellow bloggers were supposed to meet at Eastwood. I made it to the Cubao area at around 4:20 PM. Then I checked the internet a bit to review the contacts for the bloc screening at Eastwood, which is a PHP10 (PHP8 if you're a student, senior citizen, or a PWD) jeepney fare away. But even the traffic at Aurora Boulevard and at Garcia Avenue, aka C5 did not help my cause as I made it to Eastwood just before 5:00 PM, a 25-minute ride on rush hour traffic. To make matters worst, while I presumed that we were to meet up at the Cyber Mall, the actual place was at the main mall. I arrived there, only to see the sponsors of the event, AppLabs, packing up. So I did not get a free ticket. I had a dilemma: should I buy an Iron Man 3 ticket or not? I set that aside as I found myself free to watch San Mig Coffee's game against Meralco at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. I rushed back to Cubao, bought a cartolina and a marker at a National Bookstore branch there, then headed to the Big Dome. The Mixers won, 90-82. Then I made my mind to buy a last full show ticket at Eastwood. So it's still "all's well that ends well" for me.
You see, even if it's your birthday, you might not get the way you want to celebrate it. What more in a normal day? That's a testament to the proverb above. Everything is not an accident. It's God who sets everything up for us. He gives us the blessings we need and even want, but He also allows trials to happen to us. They're all for a purpose: for us to acknowledge that the Lord makes our day. Let us thank the Lord for the breakthroughs. Let us also thank Him for the unanswered prayers because He knows better than us. Let us also thank Him for the trials, because we are sure that He will help us overcome them.
To the Lord, thank You for adding another year to my life. To all who greeted, thank you very much.