The Journey of Vince is a saga of finding God in a world convinced that God exist no more.
Chapter I: VINCE
Call me Vince. I'm a wandering pilgrim who have dreamed about the majestic mountain of God where I heard His voice calling tenderly my name and asking me to follow Him.
Faithfully, after six years of search, I am still a vagabond on foot and tattered clothes who is still tracing the ancient path to where God is.
There were no map for me to follow nor compass to guide for I am following my heart where the voice of God still lingers and constanly echoing his invitation. It has been a journey of trial and error to a legendary God whose story was not heard for more than centuries now. But believers like me always find traces and we are convinced that God has walked on this part of the earth.
On my back is a heavy load of my treasures. But that's a secret. I won't dare to tell anyone about it. It is my entire life. It is my entire destiny.
II. WHEN DARKNESS FALLS
It is dark once more. After the avalanche, I can see now the clear heavens with her stars glimmering at her very bosom. It seems that everything stands still but I can't be relaxed. Catastrophes like this occur every now and then. There's no warning. I saw a handful of people, who were also pilgrims like me, being devoured by this sudden terraforming event.
I tried to call them to help them but they don't answer back. All were snow. The route has been changed so I must find my way again.
I've been praying since I started this journey. These near death experiences that I always encounter has made me to believe that God really exist. Before, I've been whisphering to myself, "be brave, be brave" but nothing seems to work. Nothing happens. But when I started to call the Person who created my father and mother... He who created my ancestors... I felt something great. I felt an inner strength which always drives me to move forward and not to be afraid. When I call this God, there is always something magical... eveytime I invoke this useen God, there is always an electrifying experience which causes me goosebumps. Before, I was afraid, but now, I began to appreciate this mystical feeling which I cannot explain elaborately.
Where is God? I always ask: How could he find me?
Our planet is just a speck of dust in the entire universe. The entire universe is moving through space at the rate of 530km a second . Our Galaxy, the Milky Way, where our solar system is, is spinning at a rate of 225 kilometers per second. In addition, the galaxy is travelling through space at the rate of 305 kilometers per second.
This means that we are traveling at a total speed of 530 kilometers (330 miles) per second. That means that in one minute we are about 19 thousand kilometers away from where we are.
Could God follow me? or could I follow Him?
The snow begun to fall heavily again. The rustling wind begun to blew her bone chilling breeze. Zero visibility. It is almost imposible now to continue my journey. I am now shivering in terrible coldness. Luckily, there's a cave. There I will spend the night.
TInside the cave were burned woods. It's a sign that somebody was already here before me. There were painting on the cave's wall. They were people and animals.
I set a fire. I warm myself. From my bag, I get my precious berries. These will be my dinner tonight. I picked them when I passed by the woods. I chew some, they were sweet and their juice satisfied my hunger for the night. I still have a handful of them. I look at them from my hand, I could smell their sweet tasting aroma. The wind has carried their fragrance and it filled the entire cave.
I did not expect that this heavenly smell would call someone else.
III.THE UNEXPECTED GUEST
Suddenly, I heard a wolf cry outside. I begin to tremble when outside the cave, in the darkness of the night I see a pair of eyes coming to me. When the light hit its face, it was the wolf.
I only have my fire making stones to fight with. But they were too small and fragile.
This moster is slowly approaching me.
Now, I pray again. I see now the end of my journey, but before that happened I would like to surrender my soul to the God who I am seeking. "God, please protect me." Out of fear, I dropped all my precious berries. The sweet taste lingers no more into my mimd, it become a bitter encounter where I imagined the smell of blood. My blood.
I can see now his big fiery eyes... his pair of fangs... his big clawed toes... and my sad ill fated death.
He's appoaching me. He screamed and I was trembling in fear. It's my end.
The last thing I saw. He leaped into the thin air. I closed my eyes. I scream.
IV. A DIFFERENT NIGHT
There was silence. Then I hear someone's scratching the ground. Still, I don't move.
When I opened my eyes I saw the wolf in front of me reaching for the berries. He's been more interested with the berries than me. But they were in a crevasse. His big paws cannot reach through its small opening.
The wolf stared at me. Then he went back scratching for the berries again. I tried to move. I kneel slowly to where the berries are and he move a little backward. Then he looked at me again. Then he sit beside the fire... maybe reading my mind.
"I just want to go to God's mountain," I whisphered. Then I picked the fallend berries one by one. When I gathered them all, I put them into my right palm and offered it to the wolf.
The wolf, with his big dry tounge, licked all the berries from my hand. He swallowed it and licked me all through out. My fear was suddenly changed into a moment of joy. I know now that there would be somebody who will dinner with me for the night.
I lay beside the fire. I want to sleep. The wolf, stared at me from the mouth of the cave. I thought he would leave but he lay there and he remained staring at me. He seems to shiver in cold.
I asked, "would you like to share the warmth of the fire with me?"
Then he went nearer and lay beside me. Before I closed my eyes, I asked him, "can I call you Daniel?" He just streched his tired body, then he closed his eyes.
'This is another night,' I told myself. Tomorrow, I will continue my journey to the great mountain. God is waiting for me there.
To be continued....