The lovely rain this Saturday morning reminded me of a miracle I experienced on my long-haul holiday of 2011. We were in Sorrento, Italy at the tail-end of a whirlwind 2-week London-Manchester-Venice-Rome-Sorrento trip from end November to early December. We had four days there and three days it rained. On the third day we went to the harbour and despite the rain stopping for a while and the sky seemed bright, no boats were going to the isle of Capri because of choppy waters. That we moped was an understatement. That we eventually ended up at some ruins at Pompeii without having to pay – “We are closed!” cried the cashiers at 4.55pm – was scant consolation. Capri was one of the main reasons we had Sorrento on our itinerary and leaving without setting foot on it was a tad hard to bear.
So we prayed. Me and my two travel mates from church. We prayed for a miracle. Just let us set foot on the island, Lord, we can forgo the Blue Grotto (which is often closed during summer at the mere sight of choppy waters, let alone in the cold dead of winter). Last day came and Yahoo News say it would rain. My friend prayed for calm seas and good weather. We trotted out of our budget hotel a good 500 metres to the harbour and witnessed bright blue sunny skies. And wahey, the boats are going out today! It was so warm that it was 21C that “winter” day, something that our guide swore he has never experienced in his 64 years of life! Praise the Lord for divine intervention indeed!
So off we went ‘cos “twas on the isle of Capri that I found her” which I have sung since school days. And it’s truly great ‘cos, by the grace of God, I got to witness one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen in my life. We were on the highland that overlooked the striking Faraglioni Rocks, when we saw the sun setting to our right over the ocean horizon. It was truly a sight to behold and we just stood there for a good long while taking it in, making wishes, giving thanks, and then simply being still and enjoy one of planet Earth’s most gorgeous moments in its golden glory.
Twas on the isle of Capri that I found the perfect sunset indeed…