Descending towards the lake- September 5th, 2012
As Pedro, Juan, and Ed neared the lake the sun was just rising to its midday position. Once they reached the lake they planned to enjoy a picnic lunch of chicken tamales that Eduardo’s wife, Marcia, and his daughters had diligently packed and prepared for them.
While eating their lunch Pedro was once again reminded of his home where his deceased mother used to cook her lovely meals for the family. But his mother was no longer at home so why should this food remind him of it, he couldn’t understand the reason why it effected him so much. It’s because you’re homesick Pedro You need to enjoy the time you have with Eduardo’s family, you’ll be home soon enough. Pedro stated to himself.
“Mama sure can make delicious tamales, they’re even better than the ones that the vendors sell!” commented Juan.
“That is a true statement my lad, your mother is a very talented cook. I just hope your sister Carolina learns well from her as Marta previously did.” Ed replied.
“Pedro, do your sisters or mother have any special cooking abilities?” questioned Juan.
Oh great just what I needed, more talk about home. Pedro complained.
“Well yes, my late mother was very handy in the kitchen. She knew exactly how to throw together a delicious meal even if we had little food to use. My sister Valeria is also quite educated in the kitchen. Unfortunately Alejandra didn’t learn too much from my mother, her husband Paul cooks most of their meals. That is another reason why I so enjoy dinning with your family. I am truly grateful for your generosity.”
“Our generosity is nothing compared to the generosity that the Lord has for us.” Ed truthfully stated. “Do you know the Lord, Pedro?”
Oh bother, why do they have to push on my sensitive subjects. Complained Pedro once again.
“Ummm well, my fa——LOOK OUT!!!”
Just then what seemed to be a giant cat, a puma, jumped out of nowhere screeching its penetrating scream as it lunged directly at Eduardo.
God if you’re there PLEASE help us!! Pedro silently prayed as he rapidly drew his machete from its sheath and stepped in front of Ed while holding the machete steadfast in front of him.
The cat came down on the blade hard as he fell towards Ed and Pedro, into the machete’s blade. The puma hissed his last sound, the sound of his death, as he drew his last breaths.
Finally after what had seemed to have been hours the threatening creature had been killed with the help of Pedro’s gifted machete.
It took a few minutes for what had just happened to settle into the three men’s minds. Just a few minutes ago they were safely chatting and enjoying their splendid meal, then suddenly their lives were in mortal danger within a second.
Juan was as pale as a cloud as he stared down at the dead puma. Pedro was silently thanking God for his protection. While Ed had his eyes shut. He was the first of the men to move.
As Ed moved closer to the puma he began looking over its body trying to find the best place to start skinning it.
“Come on boys No use putting this animal to waste, we’ll be stuck dealing with him in the dark if we don’t hurry.” Ed casually noted.
“How can you talk so easily when your life was just at risk? ?” questioned Juan.
“The Lord has been gracious to us, I am very thankful to Him. We must continue on with our lives by glorifying Him.” answered Ed.
The two young men solemnly inched closer to the cat, fearing that it might still be alive. Then the threesome hastily finished up the messy skinning job and began to make camp for the night. This was a much easier task than dealing with the puma which couldn’t be left out in the open for fear of more beastly creatures coming to their camp so they dug a hole and buried the remainder of it.
Not many words were spoken during the remainder of the day as each man was still contemplating over what had happened earlier.
After many hours of restless sleep Eduardo, Pedro, and Juan were finally blessed with happy dreams. How wonderful God had been to them.
Little did they know that when they were to awaken in the morning another unexpected surprise would meet them.