I have to admit that I am not at the head of the class when it comes to Bible studies. I am more like a limpin Lizzie – always trailing a bit behind, never quite getting all the homework done, the scriptures read or the questions answered. But, even so, I get a lot from them and God manages to steer me into new directions and fill me with new fervency with just the little that I do manage to do.
This morning I had a SUPER DUPER WAKE-UP – MIRACLE CALL! It really, really was. It’s not that it happened today – but it was today that I realized it was happening.
A week or so ago I was feeling like I was not making enough progress for one of my clients that I do Social Media for. A big part of this was that everything seemed to be blocking my attempts for pushing forward. My internet service was crawling, my laptop was dying, and my frustration level was so out of control my sister actually asked me at one point if I thought I should be on some anti-depression medicine.
So I decided to do what I always do when things get over my head and the flood waters start rising and the ark doesn’t show up at my doorstep to remove me from it all. I started praying a 30 day rosary novena. Only I don’t usually do it 30 days – I just pray 30 rosaries as much as I can and as often as I can. Sometimes 4 a day sometimes less – but I get serious with this.
So bit by bit everything changed. Everything. My laptop got fixed for only $79.00. My internet speed went from a download that was a hair above dial-up to 15 & 16 times better and I worked with a Comcast support person who helped me to get a discount so I could afford it! Thank you God. All that is really, really good – but it wasn’t until I was writing in my journal this morning and figuring out when I started praying the rosaries and when things started changing that I realized something momentous had taken place.
I didn’t realize it at the time but I got the PUSH from above to start that rosary praying on guess what day? The feast of Padre Pio! It was Padre who helped me all through my Novitiate days in the Monastery and Padre and St. Joseph and Mary who saw me through my internet ministry, book publishing, radio and everything else. So when I realized that it was Padre that was giving me a kick and a push and a pull I got a huge pick-up. So huge that as a thank-you I dusted off my prayer bones and went to Mass this morning. Something I haven’t done for a long time. (Been going on Sundays but not during the week).
Then of course I discovered it was the Feast of the Guardian Angels which I really love and it was a real Mass not just a communion service which was extra nice. So there you have it. I now know that Padre has not given up on me even if I temporarily gave up on him. You can’t imagine what a relief that is for a wimpy Catholic.
So I am not even half way through the 30 days of petition and then will start the 30 days of thanksgiving – and I have every confidence that wonderful, glorious, super-duper things will continue to unfold. Maybe not big in the eyes of the world but I know life changing things will happen.
I remember what Sister Eileen used to always tell us, “You can never out give God.”
You can try – but it’s just not going to happen.
Do you have any remembrances where you tried to do something for God and were out given by what He did in return? Please share we would all love to read them I think.