By: Ely Lagajino
And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. Revelation 22:1 and 2 (NKJV)
After eating, filling our baskets, and watching the festival of birds, we continued our adventure to Malibod, which we found just a few meters away from the big Dau tree. Malibod was an elevated area, planted with Bermuda grass. The surroundings were clean and well kept, which looked like someone had been maintaining the site.
Inching closer, we found a circular canal that looked like a famous bread called Ensaymada, like a whirl pool. At the center of the channel was a well with clear gushing spring water overflowing into another channel that continued to flow into a connecting, wider duct towards the river where the salt and freshwater converged. This breath-taking scenery, at last, was the sensational Malibod, the origin of the river.
Using our hands, we drank from the spring. It was cooland refreshing. We lay down to rest for a while and feasted on the beautiful scenery. Whether the landscape was man made or, natural no body was certain. Yes, we finally conquered Malibod, and it was such a sight to behold, but I wish we brought our cameras with us. Unfortunately, we could not afford to buy one, and cell phones were invented only 30 years after.
Before leaving the place, I said to myself that when I grow up and finish my studies and get a job, I will save money to buy that beautiful Malibod place that I love, including the Dau tree, and the birds.
Today, I am a senior citizen, but I still don’t have a million to bargain with whoever owns Malibod today. But thank God, He promised to restore the lost Eden-paradise for free, and make us citizens of His kingdom by just accepting Jesus Christ as our personal Savior.