Monday, April 25, 2005

Overcoming Fear

Several years ago, a known circus of affluent television developed an act that included flare tigers. The act was made live in front of a great hearing. One night, the trainer entered the cage with several tigers and the door was closed as usual behind him. The lights flooded the cage and the television cameras approached so that the audience could see each detail while him with his ability put to the tigers to perform.

In the middle of the performance, the worse happened: There was a black out. By almost thirty long seconds, the trainer was locked up with the tigers in the dark. With their superior night vision, the tigers could see him, but he could not see them . He survived. When the lights returned, with absolutely calm he finished his performance.

When they asked the trainer how he felt, he admitted to feel a cold fear in the beginning, but soon - he said -, I realized that even though I could not see the felines, they did not know it. He said: "I just continued striking my whip and speaking to them until the lights returned. They never knew that I could not see them as well as they saw me me."

Keep on speaking to the tigers of fear that seems to be hunting you. They will obey your voice of faith!

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

One of the Best ever Vacations

I have to blog about last week, cuz otherwise I will start forgetting the details of one of the most amazing weeks I´ve ever had. It all started when I asked my friend Tim to see if it was possible to spend some few days at his place. He said it was ok. So I disembarked on april sunday the third, and I stayed in at a local hotel in L.A., cuz my flight was due on monday afternoon. So I had the opportunity to visit some nice places in L.A. and San Bernandino such as Lake Perris. My friend has a friend who lives near L.A. so, he took us on a road trip to some touristics spots within L.A. and San Bernandino. So, after that I headed to my hotel and spent the night there. I wanted to see some places, but found out that if you dont have a car, you will spend a whole deal of money in cabs. So I just walked some, and then came back to the hotel to pack my bags and head to L.A. airport. So I took my plane and after stoping at Denver, I finally reached Oklahoma city airport. Tim was waiting for me there. I was so happy to see him again after a long time. So next day, he went to work, I got to go with him, and see how they do real TV shows. Really interesting. We even went to town to do some video shootings for the next show and then back to the TV station studio to do the editing. The following day we spent it talking about a lot of different things and playing video games. One of the things that I loved the most of Tulsa, was Oral Roberts University Campus and its history and the Praying Hands. It really touched me, the fact that prayer has a power that we are just ignoring. He told me that Tulsa wasn´t a really nice place back in the first quarter of last century, lot of gangsters, adult entertainment and all kind of non-christians stuffs, but right after ORU came up there, the founder began a serious prayer ministry that eventually changed the whole town for God. Now it is one of those places in US where almost everyone is saved and seriously into missions. Another thing caught my attention really bad, spring season. In my country we have only summer and winter, so I got to see a bunch of leave-less trees and those trees seen against the sunset on the background, wao, that was a spectacle worth of admiration. I even got to see hail, boy, first time and it wasn´t for starters, they were huge hails that could kill anyone. It was fun though. Last three days we made a road trip to Brandson, Missuri, were he had an assigment of shooting a story of the new attractions of both celebration city and silver dollar city amusment parks. But we were paid really nice accomodations on a nice condo with front view to the Lake. We visited both parks and we enjoyed so much, nice meals at silver dollar city with their international cuisine. At Silver Dollar city there are a bunch of different shows with performers from all around the world, I liked the germany delegation the most. So finally as everything must come to an end, we headed back to Tulsa, exhausted but contented. Next day Tim drove me to the airport and we said bye. I will never forget the experience as a whole great event.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Back in Panama

After a long long travel from oklahoma, I finally arrived to Panama, after almost 26 hours of either flying or extremely boring waitings at different airports, and a flight missed because of a tight connection in Costa Rica and their incompetence. I have so many things to say, that overwhelms me, but I will be writing some of them little by little. I had a wonderful time up there at Tulsa, Oklahoma with my friend Timothy, we even got to visit Brandson, Missouri for the inaugural event of two of their most famous amusement parks - Celebration city and Silver Dollar city. It was an amazing experience. I am just happy to be here in Panama, after almost 11 months out of town. My mom, dad, sister and brother are really happy, even my dogs seems to be happy. It´s great!

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Is it possible to have reached the last day?

Many, many months ago, when I first step on this ship, I knew it was going to be a long way to walk, I can tell of many stories, sad ones, and happy ones, that will remain in my memory for some years, but finally the time is over, days of hard work are over, or at least for couple of months. This week has been the longest ever. I can't wait to take my stuffs out of the ship and walk as a free man (figurative talking). Anyway, I'll be spending a day in L.A., I am still trying to figure out what's the best thing to do while in here, and then I'll be flying to Tulsa, OK. where I plan to spend some days with my brother in Christ, Tim, who I met in my country couple of years ago. I've been praying for this time, to be a special one. And then finally, if everything goes fine, I'll be flying back to home. Ahhhh...Panama! I'll be back in time for dad's b-day....shoot, talking about that, I haven't thought about what to give him as a present. Hopefully, I'll figure it out. As you can see, my mind is long gone off this place, it is flying on its own, day-dreaming about what's to come during this leisure time. I am happy for what God has allowed me to accomplish during these months. I've grown in all aspects, not fully indeed, but I am in the process. As I see things, I consider I could be doing some other things, but yet here I am, and God knows better than me the reason, I just want to keep on walking in His will for my life, for whatever He has prepared as a purpose for my life is way better than anything I could want to, or live, or accomplish.
I close this chapter of my life with this entry on my blog.