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It’s hard to believe that my pilgrimage to the Camino de Santiago is almost here! The next time you hear from me on Monday, I will be trekking under the sun in Spain with my mama.
Things have been busy busy busy. International travel is never just a breeze. Especially when it involves an 80 mile hike! There’s always one essential thing that you forgot you needed. Like, for example…a European outlet adapter. Clunky but necessary.
I was talking with my mom about the trip, and I’m going to be honest, she has done a lot more research about it than I have. But one of the things she mentioned to me was that many people walk the Camino and experience a miracle. Big or small, God will show up in a tangible and oftentimes miraculous way.
Of course, hearing this, I immediately hopped on Google to investigate this further.
And sure enough, the pilgrimage of Saint James and the blessed site in Fatima inspire miracles.
And I for one, having received a miracle of my own back around Christmas time, fully believe in the power of God to intervene and do the impossible.
Doing all this reflecting on miracles, it definitely made me think about the world in which we live. I believe that God is working miracles — mini to monumental — everyday, but sadly, no-one is looking for them.
Our society has removed God from the picture, and one of the ramifications is that we’ve stopped noticing the blessings that He pours out on the day to day.
Those chance encounters or “perfect timing” moments, or near-misses, or surprise blessings – in my opinion, they’re all divinely orchestrated.
But it made me think, what miracle should I be praying for?
There are obvious miracles that I pray for everyday, including my mom’s total and complete healing after her stroke, an end to human trafficking, and a solution to world hunger. Those are no brainers.
But very seldom do I pray selfishly. What miracle do I, Caralyn, long for in my life.
And that is a hard question to answer. And I never really think in these terms, simply because I feel like it kind of puts God into a Genie-in-a-Bottle type role, and all of a sudden I hear Him speaking in Robin Williams’ voice, may he rest in peace.
But I never want to put God in that “grace vending machine” role, because to me it feels like a use, rather than a love type of relationship. I’m using God for my gain, rather than simply loving Him for who He is. Which – if we want to open up another can of worms is exactly the problem with the “hookup culture” in today’s dismal dating scene.
But I digress.
I think that, at least in this particular pilgrimage situation, this is a both/and kind of an exception.
My motivation to go on this pilgrimage is not merely to seek a miracle, though that would be great. But rather, to just seek God by taking time out of my life, and letting Him speak to me the words I need to hear.
But, if we’re getting specific: perhaps even more than being completely healed of my Ulcerative Colitis, or have my fertility fully restored, the thing I pray for most, is that God will bring the right man into my life to marry.
I get back from the pilgrimage three days before my birthday, and I’d be lying if I said this approach of a new year has me feeling completely unsettled about my romantic life.
I think I’m looking for perfection in a man, and I need God to release that unattainable standard in my heart. That standard of perfection was what led to my anorexia in high school. Why should I impose that horrible bar on someone else?
I’ve spent the last several days going through all of your prayer intentions and copying them into a book I’m bringing with me. Thank you all for sending me those sacred parts of your heart. And if you still want to send me your prayer requests, leave me a comment or send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
There is power in prayer, and again – God always shows up. We just have to be on the look out for His voice.
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