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God Will Find You

Front view of the Mission Basilica, in the Cit...

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Recently I had something terrible happen to me and I was mad at God.  So I decided not to go to church for a while.  My parents sensed that I needed a break from church so they invited me to go on a “road trip”.  They are new in town and wanted to explore southern California.  They love history so I thought it would be fun to go to the missions in Oceanside and San Juan Capistrano.

We had a lovely breakfast in Del Mar and then went to Mission San Luis Ray de Francia in Oceanside which is one of the largest missions in southern California.  It was a beautiful place and full of history and interesting facts about early California.  I was having a great time until I walked into the sanctuary of the mission.  I had forgotten that missions were also churches which is just where I did not want to be.  I spent a few moments in the sanctuary and tried to pretend that God was not there and then I went on to see the other historical artifacts at the mission.

We then went on to Mission San Juan Capistrano.  There is a lot to see there and the first thing you see is a sanctuary that is in ruins due to an earthquake that happened in the 1800s.  It was really interesting and I thought, “Oh good, there is no church here that I have to worry about”.  Well, I was wrong.  I went all around and looked at all the rooms and artifacts and the last place I ended up in was, you guessed it.  The new sanctuary that was put up later on after the earthquake.

I had to admit it did have a presence in it and I started to deal with my feelings about God.  In the Catholic faith they have many saints and I didn’t know much about them, but they had one statue of a saint off in a special room in the church and it was the saint that dealt with the very thing that I have been dealing with for a long time.  I stopped there for a while and offered a prayer that God would help me get through what I needed to and I stopped and looked at the candles there and although I did not light one, I understood what they meant.

All I can say to this is that God knew that I could not meet him in the usual place that I worship at and He found a way to find me in the mist of my pain and for that I am grateful.  May God meet you where you need Him also.

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Posted by on October 4, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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