Ask and Let the Lord Surprise You

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My children were born in the Caribbean, where all year long temperatures are usually warm. There are rainy days, the hurricane season, and sunny days. One December, while they were tweens or preteens, we planned to take our vacation in the cold weather. We visited Atlanta and Washington DC. After a few days in Atlanta, at the hotel room, my daughter said to me in disappointment, “I have asked the Lord to let me see snow, and he doesn’t pay attention to me.” I told her that she needed only to ask in prayer and let the Lord surprise her. I also told her that she would not necessarily see snow in Atlanta, but that we were going to DC where there could be a higher probability of seeing snow.

We flew to DC where we met with our dear friends. The temperature was colder than Atlanta, and everywhere we walked there was snow piled to the sides from a previous storm. Most of this snow was starting to ice. My children were happy and enjoyed every moment, but it never snowed the time we were there. Honestly, I even forgot about it.

When it was time to go back home, our flight was delayed because of a winter storm in other states. We had to make a stop in Atlanta before going home. We finally left DC and arrived into Atlanta airport with a 30-minute time frame from one gate to the other. We made it to the gate but weren’t allowed to board even when the plane door was still opened. They had given our seats to other passengers, and there were many others in the same situation. Both of my children were frustrated and sad. They wanted to go home. My husband was upset and was doing everything he could to get us on the plane. I pull my children to the side and invite them to take a seat. I told them not to worry, that if we couldn’t take this flight, we would take the next one. I even prayed for the safety of the people on that plane. When my husband came to us, he was disappointed and told us he couldn’t do anything. The airline gave us vouchers to eat and a hotel room for the night since the next flight was scheduled for the following day.

We took our carry-on luggage and headed outside to take the shuttle to the hotel. Once outside, we noticed many people were getting inside the shuttles, and others were waiting for the next ones. It was cold and raining. Suddenly, my husband looked at me with a smile and said, “look at your coat.” When I looked, I saw snowflakes. My children got very excited, and my daughter started jumping.

She prayed, and God surprised her! The snow they saw at DC was not all that the Lord wanted to give them.

In the same way, we should ask anything in prayer and wait expectantly for his answer. Isn’t God able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine? (Ephesians 3:20) That’s how He surprises us. What we have seen, heard, received is not all that God has in store for us.

We decided to rent a car to buy some clothes for my husband since he had checked his baggage. It continued to snow to the point that my children could make snow balls, and they did and threw them to their daddy. I recorded everything on video and pictures, but most importantly those memories are recorded in their minds. No prayer is silly; if it’s important to us, is also important to God.

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¡Feliz Día de Reyes!

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Cuando mis hijos eran pequeños, solíamos llevarlos a casa de sus abuelos paternos para recoger pasto para los camellos. Tradición que celebramos con gran alegría en Puerto Rico. Ellos salían con su abuelo a cortar el mejor pasto que encontraran. Al llegar a nuestra casa ponían el pasto en una caja de zapatos y la colocaban debajo de sus camas.

Al quedarse dormidos, mi esposo colocaba los regalos en el piso y regaba un poco el pasto, haciendo un camino desde la habitación de nuestros hijos en el segundo piso hasta llegar al piso de abajo, como señal de que los camellos habían subido hasta sus cuartos. Imaginen sus caritas de sorpresa al levantarse.

La tradición menciona a tres reyes magos (Gaspar, Melchor y Baltasar) por la cantidad de regalos que le ofrecieron al niño Jesús. La realidad es que no sabemos con exactitud cuántos sabios llegaron, lo importante fue que llegaron y nos dejaron su ejemplo de cómo debemos presentarnos ante el Rey Jesús. Mateo 2  relata este encuentro, y los versos 10 y 11 leen como sigue:

Al ver la estrella, se regocijaron mucho. Cuando entraron en la casa, vieron al niño con su madre María y, postrándose ante él, lo adoraron. Luego, abrieron sus tesoros y le ofrecieron oro, incienso y mirra (Mateo 2:10-11, RVC) https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matt.2.10-Matt.2.11&version=RVC

Los sabios llegaron a la casa donde estaba el niño, no al pesebre como sucedió con los pastores. La travesía era bien distante y cuando al fin llegaron, el niño Jesús tendría aproximadamente dos años. Por esta razón fue que Herodes, quien temía que este rey de los judíos le quitara su trono, ordenó matar a los niños menores de dos años (ver Mateo 2:16).

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matt.2.16&version=RVC

Pero, volviendo al encuentro de los sabios con el rey de los judíos, dice la Biblia que se regocijaron mucho. La estrella era la señal visible que Dios les había dado para guiarlos al lugar donde tenían que llegar. Luego se postraronadoraron a Jesús en un acto de reverencia, reconocimiento y admiración, y abrieron sus tesoros para ofrecerle sus regalos valiosos.

Este Día de Reyes que celebramos hoy te invito a presentarnos ante Dios con regocijo, pues su palabra que es lámpara a nuestros pies y luz a nuestro camino nos señala el lugar de su voluntad para nosotros. Acerquémonos a Él en reverencia, reconocimiento y admiración por quién es Él, no por lo que nos pueda dar, y abramos el tesoro de nuestro corazón para ofrecérselo a Aquel quien nos ama y nunca nos abandona. ¡Qué regalo más hermoso que un corazón rendido a Él!

¡Feliz Día de Reyes!