Since returning home to my mothers after leaving San Francisco two months ago, I’ve made it an evening ritual to take my mother on drives every night. My mother had a stroke after my dad passed away and lost the vision in one eye. She is no longer able to drive. I think she enjoys our time together. At times I take her out to dinner before our drive, sometimes she’s in the mood for a smoothie from McDonald’s. Our drives have even included driving to the nearest Walmart so she can run around the store buying items she may need. A sacrifice for me! Have you ever been to Walmart? It’s a madhouse!
Last night my mom was eager for me to take her on her drive. I got her in the car and we were off. We stopped by Subway first. I drove my mom all over. We talked and laughed and I was enjoying the quality time with my mother. I have a picture of the Divine Mercy on the dash of my car. It’s a personal reminder to say to myself “Jesus I Trust In You”. I did just that as we were driving.
One of my most favorite things to see is a beautiful sunset. I especially love the sunsets I have been so blessed to experience in Maui. A feeling of peace comes over me everytime I see one. It takes my breath away. Even as a young girl I used to love watching the sunsets. I would imagine seeing all types of things when I saw one. At times I could see a city, a dog, Angels, the list goes on as did my imagination. All these years later, it still does. In my opinion, there’s nothing more beautiful than a sunset. I feel one of God’s most beautiful creations.
As we were driving home, I looked up and saw the brightest, most beautiful sunset I’ve seen in a very long time. It simply took my breath away. I knew I had to take a picture to add to my collection of many other sunsets I’ve been blessed to experience. I pulled over, got out of my car and just as I began to take pictures, my phone beeped with a reminder. When I read the words, I’ll have admit I couldn’t believe the words I saw.
I belong to the St Dominics parish in San Francisco. I’m proud to say I’ve been a catholic all of my life however, it wasn’t until I began attending St Dominics Church that I finally found a connection. Now I’m not insinuating that I’m perfect. I’m not. I’m a Catholic still in training and learning every day. My ultimate goal is to have a divine connection where I’m able to freely trust and finally let go. It’s hard work. But necessary for me.
The priests at St Dominics are wonderful. I enjoyed attending candle light mass every Sunday to hear the special homily given by one of the Fathers I had grown to love so much. Often times, I was so touched by the message I would even wonder if the message had been written specifically for me. It’s been difficult to be so far away and not able to attend mass. However, I still hold many of the homilies close to my heart and refer to them often on my podcast.
Several months ago while at mass, Father Michael shared a homily that really touched my heart. He shared his own personal story about facing his own challenges. He encouraged each and everyone of us to remind ourselves “something wonderful is going to happen” when we find ourselves in a challenging position. For some reason, his message really resonated with me. So much so, that night when I got home I entered that message on my phone calendar to remind me at various times throughout the day. Oddly, that reminder buzzes me when I need those words the most. Last night was no different.
As I began to take pictures of such a beautiful sunset, my phone buzzed. I was taken aback to see the reminder displayed on my phone that said “something wonderful is going to happen”. I couldn’t believe it. I’ll admit, I had to catch my breath. I came to my senses and I took the pictures but as I did, I couldn’t help but think to myself “God is telling me something”. I’m not sure what this whole thing means but I’m confident it was a divine message reminding me all will be ok. But as I reflect on the experience I realize, something wonderful did happen at that very moment last night I was blessed to experience the beauty of Gods creation and now I’m able to share it with others.
Often times we go to church and we listen to the message. On many occasions we are blessed to take a little piece of that message and implement the teaching into our daily lives. I have been so fortunate to have a trunkful thanks to the wonderful priests at St Dominics Church. I’m so grateful. I hope and pray they know how special they are to me and others.
I was only going to share this story with a dear friend, however this morning I began to remember that we all have been blessed with a unique gift to share with others. It’s our calling. I love to write and I love to share my stories, experiences or adventures with others in the hopes of making a difference. This experience is no different. I feel inclined to implement my own gift of writing by sharing with all of you.
I’m including pictures of the breathtaking sunset I was blessed to experience last night. With this comes my hope and reminder to anyone reading this that “Something Wonderful Is Going To Happen”. My prayer is it will happen to you.