The Covid19 pandemic has messed up our travel plans and a lot more this year and 2020 will go down as probably one of the worst in our lives. Here in the Philippines a 7-month (and counting) lockdown has forced us to stay indoors for the most part, only venturing out to buy necessities or for some work or ministry-related errands.
Some people have gone to nearby places like the Tagaytay highlands when Metro Manila’s quarantine status was eased somewhat only for police authorities to say that travel passes are required for residents of the metropolis. Of course there are those who travel to other provinces and are able to get away with it but we decided to stay put for now.
We did decide last week to embark on a trip within Metro Manila just to keep our sanity. We can’t say it’s a whiff of fresh air considering Manila’s pollution index but it was refreshing to visit an old haunt along Manila Bay: the Harbor Square in Malate. Some of the dining establishments were still closed but we settled for coffee, pancakes and dessert (at 4PM) at a restaurant. This restaurant had a good view of the bay and the yachts moored offshore.
There were more yachts here than usual, probably unable to sail much due to the quarantine.
As we did before on several occasions we waited for the sunset, for which Manila Bay is famous. However an overcast sky greeted us – which meant a largely dull sunset, if any.
In earlier times we would have probably packed up and gone somewhere else but we stayed put and patiently waited for something to happen. After a while we noticed tiny dashes of colors beginning to emerge as small openings in the clouds began to appear. The sun was actually almost down on the horizon by this time.
A glance back at the line of yachts revealed more colors as the rays of sun which had just gone down were now shining through larger gaps in the gray clouds.
Instinctively we knew this could develop into a dramatic sunset so we swung back to the line of buildings along Roxas Boulevard and the Philippine Navy Headquarters where the cloud cover had already lifted.
Over time we’ve learned to be patient, wait for the sky to run its course and not to leave when the sun has gone down. In the end this was our reward:
As we drove back for home that evening we reflected on our sunset photoshoot. There’s a lot of gray clouds on the horizon right now with seemingly no light at the end of the tunnel. But perhaps what we need is patience – lots of it – and a determination to never give up, to never lose hope. Our reward might just be around the corner.
But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. (Romans 8:25)