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TIME TO READ - HITTING

TIME TO READ - HITTING THE JACKPOT HITTING THE JACKPOT A few years ago, just a week before Holy Week, something amazing happened to me. It was something that would change me forever. Some people might call it luck, coincidence, or a miracle. I prefer to see it as proof that there is a Creative Force, bigger than anything the human mind can ever grasp. After having lived in the United States for the last three years, my family and I had returned to Colombia. I had unsettling feelings about my homecoming. However, I was ready to face and overcome any obstacles, and one of the first new challenges was seeking new employment. Luckily, almost one month later I was no longer unemployed, considering that more than two million Colombians are currently looking for a job. What started out as an uneventful adjusting to being back home, it would soon begin to change. We didn´t bring much money, just enough to furnish our apartment and pay bills. When our savings had been spent, I had to borrow money from some friends. Our debts began mounting. Despite all my efforts to have the financial situation under control, I noticed that we were going bankrupt. I called Oscar, one of my best friends, to see if he could help me, but I found out that he wasn´t doing well either. In fact, he had not been able to buy groceries for his family. I felt sorry for him and his family, and I told him not to worry about me. I actually said to him that my financial situation was going to get better and would help him very soon. 38

TIME TO READ - HITTING THE JACKPOT In addition to my friend in need, I realized that other people even in my family also needed some help. A cousin of mine, a college student in Medellin, called me; he wanted me to give him some money to pay his tuition fee. I really meant to give them all a hand, and I knew I was going to be able to do it. I asked my cousin to pray for me because I was certain that with the Almighty´s grace things would be better in no time. Later on, it was clear (to me) that all these events were somehow connected. I had been reading a very uplifting book by Joseph Murphy, The Power of your Subconscious Mind. I had not bought or borrowed that book, but it was there on a bookshelf in the den of my home. The first time I opened the book I couldn´t put it down, perhaps because I was fascinated to find in one book many of the things I had intuitively believed. On a cold April morning, as the clock struck 8 a.m., I looked my wife in the eyes, with the heart filled with immeasurable faith, and said, “I know how we are going to get out of this. I will hit the jackpot.” My wife smiled but wasn´t sure what I was talking about. At that moment, I had no clue how I would get the winning number but something extraordinary was already in motion. I remember that a few days before Holy Week I prayed and asked the Lord for guidance. It was on the night of Palm Sunday that I fell into a deep sleep, having a moment of clairvoyance. As I was dreaming, I could vividly see four numbers to be played: 1220. I also saw how much I would have to bet, and the people I was going to help. On Monday morning, I went to one of the “Paga Todo” places in the neighborhood. I had not played lottery (chance) in years. I started by getting reacquainted with the many lottery choices. 39