Traveler's Version: "Mama, forgive me, but I know what I am doing."
Have you ever experienced traveling in your own style against the will of your mother? Mothers know the best for her children but sometimes we just insist that "Ma, I want to travel there... here... this way... that way..."
But of course, whenever you go out, always pray to God to keep you safe and sound in your travel because the hands of God is the best security we could ever have. Just pray to connect with His hands.
|Sorry mama, I just traveled with my motorbike and I know what I am doing...|
Traveler's Version: "My bus, my bus, why have you forsaken me?"
Have you ever tried traveling in a rush because you have to go back home on time due to limited time allotted for your travel then suddenly the bus where you are riding is giving you a big problem that you can not go home on time and will go to work tomorrow without sleep?
In spite of entrusting your safety to your favorite bus line going back home, there are just times that bus lines can not meet our expectations. I was about to go home in a rush because it is already dark and tomorrow will be my duty at my work but the bus where I was riding suddenly stopped at the cliffs of Sablan, Benguet under the moonlight and worse, it was raining and the road is slippery. Imagine, you are stranded in the mountains without any house to ask for a rescue, empty zigzag road near the cliff, no road lights, completely dark and raining! Uhhh!
For this situation, God will never forsake you if you will call upon His Name because God said, "Call unto me and I will answer you."
|My bus forsaken me: Stranded under the moonlight, extreme chill and rain.|
Not quite alone. He looks down. Which hurts worse: the pain of being crucified, or the pain of a mother watching her son be crucified, or the pain of a boy whose beloved teacher hangs bleeding before his eyes? He understands their pain in the midst of His own, and tells them to care for each other.
Traveler's Version: I said to my brother "Brother, hold on tight!." Then I said to myself, "I need my mother!"
Have you ever tried traveling on which you thought it is already your final day on Earth? Well, another unforgettable experience happened again in Sablan, Benguet (Seems like Sablan is not my kind of destination) where I thought it will be my final day when a very thick fog welcomed us along the the zigzag mountain road with cliffs everywhere under the pouring rain.
|Hey look outside the bus, it is totally blurred!|
Time passes slowly. His spring of living water runs dry. He reaches the end of His strength. This is the moment the Tempter has been waiting for: through the voices of cynical men, Satan tries again, as he did in the wilderness: "If you are the Christ, prove it! Save yourself and impress the people."
Traveler's Version: "I am dehydrated!"
Have you ever tried going to a hike, trekking or anything that requires a lot of energy but you forget to bring your water until you get thirsty and dehydrated to death?
In connection to this, there is also a thing called "thirsty for the Word of God," which means we are craving to know God more in our life and to make a deeper relationship with our Savior. To do this, we must read our Bible, pray and apply His teachings and for sure our "spiritual thirst" will be relieved.
|Please don't get offended on how I look here, give me water instead... many LOLS!|
5. Original Version: "Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise." (Luke 23:43)
Traveler's Version: "Truly, I say to you, today I have seen a paradise."
Well I know that the Philippines is already a tropical paradise itself but I just can't help my self to tell to my friends, family and the whole world that I have seen a paradise whenever I see a beautiful place when I travel.
This phrase is absolutely a traveler's favorite because who would not say those words if you have been in fact satisfied by the beauty of the paradise that God has created for His children to enjoy. Let's just thank the Lord for giving us such blessing and recognize Him that He is the creator of all the beautiful spots that we love to see.
|Eureka! I have discovered a paradise! A blessing from God above!|
Traveler's Version: "It is explored!"
One of the greatest achievements for travelers is the fact that you were able to explore a place you wished to see before - now it is a reality.
As a child, it was my dream to see the famed Mayon Volcano I always see in my HEKASI textbooks until I finally saw it in Ligao City!
|It is explored! Finally seen Mayon in sunset!|
7. Original Version: "Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit." (Luke 23:46)
Travelers Version: I am adapting the original version to the travelers version because this is very true. We don't know what will happen to us along the road but as long as we keep our spirit and commit our lives to Him, we should not worry because God is the very present help in times of needs. Just have faith.