by Cecile Cinco
For several days I have slept beyond bedtime. I feel like a zombie. Having been used to sleeping as early as 8 or 9pm, going beyond 11pm or even midnight for several days hurts now since I still get up at 5am. When I was sleeping early, I sometimes wake up at 3am for bathroom call, then I’d go back to sleep till 5am.
Today will be a busy day. Busier than the previous days. I have to pack for a 10-day trip to the Feast of Tabernacles which is an annual event for the whole family, physical and spiritual. My kids have packed days ago. I always do either the night before leaving or on the day itself since we’re leaving at night, like today.
We’re traveling during the night so everybody’s asleep. By the time we wake up, we’ve arrived. Less eating, so no throwing up for the kids. Even when traveling during the day, I keep them from eating and drinking too much to also lessen the bathroom call. I myself eat/drink the least possible. Total travel time would be about 7 hours.
Since I’ve seen the sights for almost the whole of my life, sleeping during travel would really be nice. Hopefully this zombie feeling will be gotten over with. I doubt, though, because our destination is so exciting we’d want to get the most out of the day and night!
See, the Feast of Tabernacles is one of God’s feasts in Leviticus 23, which was kept by the apostles of the New Testament and Jesus Christ Himself. It pictures the day when Christ’s return (celebrated by the Feast of Trumpets) will usher in His millennial reign (pictured by the Feast of Tabernacles) after Satan has been cast out (pictured by the Day of Atonement). Those who were left after the “end of the world” will be in that millennial world, ruled by those who made it, spiritually, unto the end. After that millennial utopia, all those who died without knowing Christ will be resurrected and will have the opportunity to learn of God’s way (pictured by that Last Great Day, the 8th day). Those who reject God, still, will be thrown into the Lake of Fire and his/her memory will no longer be remembered. These Feasts are celebrated by a few (compared to the global population) all over the world.
This travel is the highlight of our every year! We will be seeing brethren from different areas. That’s what makes this travel also so exciting. That’s what would make me sleep late again, not to mention my assignments like hall setup (as soon as we arrive the 3 of us — mainly hubby and eldest — will set up the stage with backdrop that my eldest made for the first time), practicing for the Festival Show (4 of us are dancing), co-hosting the Family Day (an afternoon of games), and co-hosting the Children’s Party during the Youth Day (fun for the kids ages 5-12), and almost daily practice for the choir and rondalla! The zombie feeling continues! It’s all worth it, though. I guess I’ll be needing under eye cream for dark circles to counter my almost zombie look!
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