Have you ever had a day that was perfect? Everything just came about in the right way, and you had a blast? What do you consider a perfect day? Maybe we should start there. Is it a day at the beach? Or the mountains? Are you hanging with friends and family? Or are you curled up in your favorite chair with an excellent cup of coffee and a good book or movie alone? There are so many variations for me about what makes a perfect day and yesterday was one of them.
For me, nothing spectacular has to happen for it to be perfect, I just need the vibe…you know what I mean. A perfect day does not need to involve money or a celebrity sighting, it just needs to make me happy and satisfied at the end of the day. Let me tell you about yesterday…
We had an assistant pastor at our church for a while and then he left, and we weren’t quite sure where he ended up until last week. A friend of ours told us he just made Senior Pastor out in Waianae on the west side of the island. She had taken the bus out there to see him ordained and wanted to go back out to see him again. Neil and I have been waiting to hear where Rich landed, so we made plans to meet Judy and go to church out there.
We met yesterday at our church in Waikiki and went to the 10:30 a.m. service to see everybody before we headed out of town. Rich’s church is a small congregation and shares space with a Lutheran church, so their service is at 1:00 p.m. He was so happy to see us, and we were happy to see him.
Right from the beginning of the service it was fire! The regular worship team wasn’t there due to a cold being passed around, but the people who lead the music were incredible. There were about six of them with just an ukulele and a cajon drum, but the Spirit moved through the place. Even if you are not religious, I am sure you can appreciate what I am talking about. When something hits you in such a way that you are forever changed. It could be a poem or a piece of music or whatever; that’s how the worship was for me yesterday.
After service, we said our goodbyes and headed back into town. Judy had already informed us she wanted to take us out to lunch. Normally, we would say no, because we are the ones who like to treat people, but I have been learning to stop protesting and just say yes and thank you. We ended up at an Italian joint near our place. The food and the conversation were wonderful.
Judy is a friend who divides her time between Hawaii and Georgia. She has been going to our church long before I moved here, so Neil has known her longer. But we have become good friends in the almost 10 years I have lived on the island. I would say that we are good friends that don’t hang out a lot outside of Sunday service. I never know when she is going to pop up on the island and I love to catch up with her when she is here, but it is usually only on a weekly basis before and after church, so yesterday in the car and at lunch was really fun.
We laughed the whole time. Talking story about people we know, things that happened while Judy was away and just about anything else you can think of. We talked about the food being great and of course we had dessert. Judy asked for a double bag for her leftovers because she thought she was going to catch the bus back into Waikiki from our area, we live out by Pearl Harbor in Aiea, between Waikiki and Waianae. That was the plan she had thought the whole time…yeah right, like Neil would let that happen. After we convinced her, we could get her into Waikiki and back home again before the bus made it there, we got her back into the car, and we were off.
We were out of the house for about 9 hours yesterday. We sat through two church services, long rides in the car, a fabulous lunch and spent time with a wonderful friend laughing our heads off. It was the vibe I always look for…it was the perfect day.
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