Months ago, I wrote about a spiritual experience I had here in Peru.
We were at a party at a friend’s beach house near Lima.
It was at a time when I was really questioning our move to this country and doubting whether it was a good decision.
Looking out at the Pacific Ocean, I felt a sense of peace.
The pisco I was drinking probably contributed to my peace-like state, but there was definitely something more.
I was surrounded by people simply enjoying each other’s company. Enjoying the moment.
It was then I realized that if we spend this journey called life regretting the past or fearing the future (or both), we will have missed out on what’s important.
God’s gift of family, friendship and human kindness.
God’s been working on his tan
On September 4, Gaby and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary.
As a gift, our family here in Lima took care of the kids while we snuck away for a long weekend.
We spent several days in Mancora, a beach resort in northern Peru. We had gone there back in February and had fallen in love with the place.
We stayed at the same hotel, Los Corales, where Iman (the head waiter) and Sylvia (the manager) took care of us.
It’s slow season, and the place was practically deserted.
It’s also whale-watching season, and we took a tour that didn’t disappoint.
We saw dolphins, sea lions, turtles and, of course, whales.
This time, it was Gaby’s turn for a spiritual experience on the Pacific.
He’s always listening
One of the fixtures of these resort beaches are the vendors that come up to you selling jewelry, pottery, hats, sunglasses, clothing, massages and ice cream…….not necessarily in that order.
She was tempted.
She wanted to know if our Adri would ever walk.
The next morning, as Gaby was running along the beach, she felt deep in her heart that it was the devil tempting her into believing that anyone, other than God, knew the answer to that question.
Will Adriana ever walk?
The doctors don’t know the answer.
We don’t know the answer.
Gaby realized — at that moment on the beach — that she need only trust in God…..not a psychic.
“God has always provided,” Gaby told me. “What reason do I have not to trust Him anymore.”
As she continued her run, Gaby decided to ask God if she could see another whale.
A whale then appeared about 100 yards out!
She then asked God to make it breach.
Just then, it jumped out of the water!
Finally, she asked for Adriana to walk.
She knows that answer will come in time.
Gaby came to that peaceful realization running along the Pacific. That same ocean that brought me peace months ago.
I got help from a little pisco.
Gaby just needed a whale.