Power of Prayer

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I was supposed to make dinner reservation last Monday, the latest would had been Tuesday for my daughter's 5th birthday at a new seafood buffet restaurant. I even checked the weekend weather forecast to see if rain would be in the picture. Saturday - no rain, Sunday - yes rain and so I reminded myself to make the reservation for Saturday. Well, I didn't call the restaurant until Friday and (surprise, surprise) Saturday was completely booked. The manager said that he had one slot open for Sunday at 7pm. Without giving much thought, I grabbed that slot right away, feeling relieved that I was able to make the reservation. As soon as I sent an email out to my family about the dinner, I immediately got multiple replies, "Sunday is raining". I had completely forgotten about the rain on Sunday. So what do you do when you screwed up like this? You pray! And that's exactly what I did. I prayed.

I say my prayer every day to Guanyin, Goddess of Compassion. I am a firm believer in the power of prayer. On Friday night, I said my prayer and asked for a few hours of no rain so the guests can arrive and depart safely the restaurant. Like I mentioned earlier, the rain we've been having is fierce with gutsy wind and surprise hail on and off. My mom, brother and husband suggested a few times to postpone the dinner until next week. On Saturday, my brother called again and tried to convince me to postpone dinner. I told him "Guanyin will clear the rain for a few hours, don't worry". Yeah, my brother thought I was going nuts.

Sunday morning...

I was awakened by the sound of rain smashing on my bedroom window. I looked outside and it was storming. By mid-day, it rained harder. My brother called and asked if dinner was still on and I told him yes. My parents came over and while we were eating lunch together, the rain was pounding so hard on my kitchen skylight, I could feel everyone's anxiety about dinner later on. After lunch, my husband talked to me and said it was raining too hard. I told him not worry about it, and that the rain will stop before we leave the house. He didn't buy what I was saying at all.

3:30pm...

The rain suddenly stopped. I looked out the window and not a drop of rain outside. My dad said how weird that the rain stopped and thought maybe it was only a momentary stop and would resume shortly after. At 5:30pm, I looked out my bedroom window and saw blue sky with only a few gray clouds. You can click on the picture and look at the time stamped on it.


In the living room, the sunlight was beaming through the cracks of my window shades, even I was in disbelief. No way, I thought, the sun is out? And surely enough, when I looked up in the sky, the sun was there trying to break through the clouds.


6:30pm - Time to head out to the restaurant! During dinner, there was a feeling of awkwardness about the rain suddenly stopping. Nobody brought up the subject entirely but I heard a few quiet murmurs about "the rain really stopped". Well, the food was terrific. No wonder so many people raved about this all-you-can-eat place! We left the restaurant at 8:45pm and didn't arrive home a little after 9pm. At 9:45pm, it started to rain again. It's actually storming outside as I'm typing this post.

Sometimes when you experience a situation where you can't explain why or how it happened, it's better to uncomplicate things and accept the simplest answer right before you, that miracles do happen.

20 comments:

Willie a.k.a Reptoz said...

Whatever reasons we have, we need to pray. Prayer brings miracle to our life.

Cheryl said...

The power of prayer is amazing! I am so happy for you that you had a perfect evening for the party! Happy Birthday to your daughter.

Uncle Lee said...

Hi RoseBelle, happy birthday to your daughter.
Wow! You pray to Kwan Yin? Good for you. She does answers.
It is unusual, but sometimes things do happen beyond our understanding.

By coincidence, my latest posting I too mentioned about Kwan Yin.
Drop by if nothing better to do.
Have a nice day, stay young and keep a song in your heart, Lee.

eugene said...

happy birthday to you daughter,,,

keep a good heart,,, and have a great week ahead

Ebie said...

Prayers can move mountains, and it answers every need.

Happy belated Birthday to your daughter! I hope you had a great celebration!

Gwei Mui said...

Hope your daughter had a great day.
Prayer or as I personally think of it as uncluttered, unselfish and focused thought can be amazing you may not get literally what you've asked for and you may not get "immediate" results but prayers are always answerd

KidsDreamWork said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter. Glad that your prayer is heard and that you and family has a great time celebrating the little girl's birthday!

Alicia said...

I love it when God answers prayers! I have to remind myself that He always does it in His perfect timing!!

Glad you enjoyed dinner! We love seafood buffets too!

nice A said...

Yes, God does answer prayer. Belated Happy Birthday to your dear daughter.
Thanks for always visiting, Rose Belle.

Hazel said...

Happy birthday to your daughter

Ryhen Satch said...

I agree, life is filled with miracles. The universe is just too complicated for our minds to fully comprehend. Some people may regard what just happened to you as a meaningful coincidence, but there's definitely a reason behind it - a reason which we may or may not be able to determine. So, anyway, where are the food pics? You know I always enjoy looking at your food stuff. hehe.

Please give my regards to your little girl. =)

Veronica Lee said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter!

I love seafood buffet!1

HalfCrazy said...

That's a good post, thanks for sharing.

It's a great thing the rain stopped to give way for the dinner and resumed when you guys got home.

Maybe that's divine intervention. Or maybe, just a coincidence, a very timely one.

eugene said...

Got everyting ready for your daughter already?

Icy BC said...

If you believe in prayers, then prayer can be the greatest thing. Glad everything went well.

Superman said...

What a miracle! So nice Guan Yin heard your prayers. She is looking down and taking good care for you. So I bet you are in good hands now.
Nothing beats a nice dinner with the family!

Liz said...

First of all, I'd like to greet your daughter a belated Happy Birthday.

I do believe in the power of prayers and it has worked for me so many times.

I'm glad it stopped raining and her birthday celebration went well.

Take care sweetie. *hugs*

Astra Libris said...

Prayer can indeed bring miracles... Thank you for sharing your incredible, wonderful experience! Happy Birthday to your daughter!!

I'm soooo glad your family enjoyed the artichoke and edemame pot pie!! You made my day with the news! :-)

MaryMoh said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter. I believe in miracles too.

Buckeroomama said...

Happy birthday to your daughter!! :)

Yes, sometimes we just need to have a little faith. :)