Happy Sunday everyone!
I was supposed to blog about the (long overdue!) details of Raviv’s Dinosaur-Themed Birthday Party, but then I was reminded of how much it almost never pushed through, and how much I just had to keep the faith in Him.
(Warning: This may be trivial to some, but I am grateful for little tests of faith like this. Such always, always reminds me that I have a living God whom I can still count on even in situations that others would deem trivial.)
Here’s the deal: My son’s birthday party would “unlock” Gymboree Sta. Rosa on Dec. 21, 2014. It was a win-win idea because:
1) Raviv would get to experience the fun of a Gymboree party (it’s only up to 4 years old, and he was turning 4)
2) Having a “deadline” is always good because it pushes people to work doubly hard.
3) We would have a “practice” as to how birthday parties are conducted.
Almost all of our guests were either from Los Banos or Metro Manila, so I know I have to make this party worth their trip. That said, I know that the Gymboree playfloor will motivate them to come. Thus, it was a must that the Gymboree playfloor be ready on his party.
Remember THIS POST? I would like to tell you that things started to sail smoothly after that. Unfortunately, things would go from bad to worse. Like, just when I’d start to heave a sigh of relief, something would come up again that would make my heart feel as though it would jump out of my chest.
So yeah, the first batch of equipment has been delivered weeks before the party. Because of that, I was no longer nervous.
But into the second week of December, I still had no delivery schedule of the second batch, which contained the flooring!
Then five days before the party and still equipment-less, I started to seriously get worried!
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16:
OMG ‘di ba?!? And on top of that, the Gymboree party host I initially booked got sick and couldn’t go to Raviv’s party! Total disater!
Fortunately, I was able to convince Teacher Eli Santiago aka “Gymboree’s best teacher” (according to many), to host Raviv’s birthday. But unfortunately again, Eli’s good friend passed away a few days before the party and she told me that if the funeral coincides with the party, she may not be able to host it.
I was left hanging for two things: my equipment and my host—the very essences of a successful Gymboree birthday party!
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17:
The following day, still no luck. At that point, I knew that I needed nothing short of divine intervention. While I’ve been praying the whole time, I also sought the help of my churchmates.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18:
I had some good news:
When Mama Gi (my leader in our Victory group) said that “God is never late”, it gave me some sense of comfort. All the more when Motherhood said the same thing to me when I told her my concerns. Motherhood, who’s usually all about punctuality and preparedness, took my worries lightly and confidently told me to trust that God will deliver. She just knew it, she said.
Moreover, Eli said that she would be able to host Raviv’s party, too. Yahoo!!!
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19:
I was told that the truck will leave the port at 11 p.m. because it first had to be inspected by the customs, and then it had to wait until the truck ban was lifted. That meant that the truck will arrive at our center around past midnight. So technically, it would be there on the 20th—only a day before Raviv’s birthday! But the utility staff of the Gymboree corporate office assured me that they will work double time to make it well before Sunday.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20:
I woke up early on this day and eagerly called our staff in Sta. Rosa, asking whether they’ve managed to finish our playfloor. But my oh my!!! I was told that only one truck has arrived, and worse, this truck did not contain our flooring!!!
Que horror!!! The truck that arrived at dawn contained some wood equipment and Gymboree toys only! No flooring!!! The flooring was the most important thing as it takes a long time to install! Moreover, the equipment can’t be set-up until after the flooring is finished! We surmised the flooring was in the other truck that was held by the Customs! I wanted to bawl, but I also had to get moving because we had review classes that day (In retrospect, I remember that Dec. 20 was date I initially wanted Raviv to celebrate his birthday. However, Randy vetoed it because we had scheduled classes on that day. Buti na lang! Nagalit pa nga ako kay Randy!)
In between my classes, I would call everyone: from Sandra (Gymboree Corporate Office personnel communicating with the Customs) to Cathy (Gymboree Corporate Office personnel doing the inventory of materials at our site) to Kuya Eric (Gymboree Corporate Office personnel who installed our playfloor set-up) and to Yuske (our staff in Sta. Rosa). All of them could not answer my question as to whether the truck would arrive in time for the flooring to be set-up. The broker in-charge also could not say what time the truck would be allowed to get off the pier.
We thought of sending our L300 FB van over to Gymboree Manila Polo Club branch to gather and borrow the foam flooring. However, I realized that our L300 FB van was in Los Banos and Dodong was too busy with our classes to drive it over. It may take several trips, too. So I said we had no choice but to wait. Again. But I also felt that was God’s way of telling me to trust Him and resist my urge to meddle.
But at 10 a.m., Cathy called it.
What she was saying is that she thought it was useless to wait for the second truck, because we’ve been waiting forever. She was thinking that the second truck might also arrive at dawn the following day and we will no longer have any time to install the flooring or assemble the equipment. I felt the stirrings to gaining control again, but a small voice was telling me over and over again that I had to be patient because “God is never late”. So I ignored Cathy’s text message and told God that I trusted Him. I told Him that I did all that I could–I never slacked off–and that this time, the ball was in His hands.
I did my very best to relax and take my mind off the obvious. So after my class, I baked, baked and baked while uttering prayers. At half past 2 p.m., I got a text message. I thought that it might be Cathy telling me the truck has arrived. I stalled and did not check it right away because I was afraid to be disappointed. But a few minutes later, I could no longer hold it and checked my phone. This was the message:
I knew it, I knew it, I knew it! I wanted to burst with absolute glee, and once again I was in awe of how God works.
DECEMBER 21, SUNDAY
The following day, hours before the guests arrived, this was how our playfloor looked like:
Raviv had the most fun birthday party he has ever had, no exaggeration!
…and so did everybody else!
Even adults who didn’t have children had fun!
And yes, Eli was as good as she was purported to be. 😉
I am a very controlling person, and I believe that achieving something is only possible if you make it happen. Whenever I’m passionate about something, I find it so hard to let go…I always want to be on top of things and pull all the strings. So when God was telling me to wait and let Him, I had so much trouble accepting it. To those like me who are asking, “Bakit kailangang antayin pa, God? Bakit hindi pwedeng ready na days before?”, I want to share with you something nice I read from rickwarren.org:
Be patient with God and with yourself. One of life’s frustrations is that God’s timetable is rarely the same as ours. We are often in a hurry when God isn’t. You may feel frustrated with the seemingly slow progress you’re making in life.
Remember that God is never in a hurry, but he is always on time. He will use your entire lifetime to prepare you for your role in eternity.
The Bible is filled with examples of how God uses a long process to develop character, especially in leaders. He took 80 years to prepare Moses, including 40 in the wilderness. For 14,600 days Moses kept waiting and wondering, “Is it time yet?” But God kept saying, “Not yet.”
Contrary to popular book titles, there are no “Easy Steps to Maturity” or “Secrets of Instant Sainthood.” When God wants to make a giant oak, he takes a hundred years, but when he wants to make a mushroom, he does it overnight.
Great souls are grown through struggles and storms and seasons of suffering. Be patient with the process. James advised, “Don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed” (James 1:4b MSG).
Don’t get discouraged. When Habakkuk became depressed because he didn’t think God was acting quickly enough, God had this to say: “These things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!” (Habakkuk 2:3 LB)
A delay is not a denial from God!
Hope my “trivial problem” once again served as a reminder that we have a living God who is always willing to listen to whatever call of help we may utter.
Tell me what you think!
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