That’s last night’s picture of our neighborhood. Electricity is out. Soon, the day’s going on a shift. That means I have to walk down the streets in that darkness – alone. So I did. As usual, I walked from street to street until I reach our home. Yes, I am used to traveling late at night. With that, let me share to you some helpful words (I hope):
1. Be alert. On the people around you, on what is happening. Most of the time, the people who bumps into danger are those, in Filipino term, walang pakialam.
2. Be safe. Make sure the easy-to-open slots in your bag do not contain valuables such as your wallet, cellular phones and other gadgets.
3. Be sensitive. At times, your best companion is yourself (Of course, if you really don’t have one. ). Try to practice distinguishing people. Don’t just trust anyone. In my case, I don’t look at people’s eyes when I travel late at night.
4. Be calm. Chill. Travelling with the I-am-going-to-kill-you-if-you-do-anything-bad-to-me attitude will bring you no good. Not everyone in the streets during late hours is bad. Some may be like you – from an appointment or, most of the time, from their shifts as call center agents.
Most of all, be mindful of who you are traveling with.
Going back to my walk back home, I’m happy to look back at how secured I am while I was walking. Before arriving home, I have this experience: No one was walking behind me (who may be a threat to my safety). What’s more amazing is that there is a provision of light as I walk. A vehicle unloading goods for a store kept my path lit. Upon passing by that vehicle, another one passed by my side giving me some light as I walked. After the car’s headlight went off my road, a different vehicle shed light as I walked to our home. Amazing, isn’t it?
As I recall that instance, I am in assurance that the One traveling with me keeps me safe and that He also provides. I am traveling with of course, my Strong Fortress, my God. I thank Him for His promise that He’ll never lead me nor forsake me.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me.
Want to experience that worry-free travel just as I do? I have these words to leave you: I am traveling with God; are you?
The LORD is my light and my salvation–whom shall I fear? – Psalm 27:1