It’s a Miracle.

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I once lost my glasses when knocked down by a large wave close to the beach on Indonesia’s island of Lombok. Lombok is a large volcano and the beaches bank down steeply into the ocean. Within a few metres of the beach you cannot stand up in the water anymore. I assumed my spectacles would gently roll down to the depth of the sea with the occasional calamari perhaps peering through them, wondering what sort of two eyed glassy creature is beckoning.

Next morning my wife and I went for a walk along this beach and I found my glasses washed up on the sand.
The sea had returned my glasses. It was a miracle and for true believers, performed by Allah.

Let me explain. We had been to Bali before and on one of those trips decided to go to the island next door called Lombok. We thought of going by ferry but they were booked out. A good friend told us that Lombok is what Bali had been. I suppose he was referring to tourism having spoiled a rather peaceful island into a place swamped by loud, beer swilling and hairy armpit scratching bogons. Together with encrusted bikini clad dreadlock knitted girlfriends looking for ‘ a good time’! The murder rate was steadily climbing up, as were muggings and stolen passports. However, despite all that, even today, Bali’s culture of the pre-dominantly Hindu faith is still largely intact. The Island is renowned for its highly developed arts, including traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking, and music. Perhaps art overcomes all?

After arriving at Lombok we noticed a difference. Next day at about 4am I woke up. It was H, who poked me in the ribs; ” what the fuck is this”? she said gently. It happened to be the very loud and amplified call to all Moslems to come and pray. It woke H up. I am profoundly deaf, so, there are benefits.😉 Anyone who has ever been to an Islamic country would know. We did not. The Mosques and Imams use the spires of minarets to call the devout for prayer. Lombok is mainly Islamic even though next door to Hindu Bali.

Prayer, or Salah, is one of the five essential pillars of Islam. Taking time out to pray, five times a day, helps Muslims remember Allah and their purpose in life – to worship Him. When they turn towards Mecca, they are united with all the Muslims around the world who face the same direction, and when they raise their hands to begin Salah, they put aside the stresses and worries of life to remember their Lord.

I have often thought about the event of finding my glasses on the beach. Against all odds. Was it a miracle? Was the combined praying at all helpful in bringing my glasses back onto the beach, uphill, against a steep incline and against the law of gravity?

Here some wise Islamic saying that seems to unite all, even those from different faiths.

Make the most of your life before your death.”

Make the most of “your health before your sickness.”

Make the most of “your time before you become busy.”

Make Among the most of “your wealth before you become poor.”

Make Among the most of “your youth before you become old.”

 Near Ubud, Bali

Near Ubud, Bali

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29 Responses to “It’s a Miracle.”

  1. Silver in the Barn Says:

    The delightful image of a calamari peering through your glasses made my morning, Gerard. As did H. poking you “gently.” There are so many common threads in the teachings of world religions which your post illustrates beautifully.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, glad you liked it. I can imagine fish being curious about items ending up in their territory. What to make of spectacles or cigarette lighters, the flotsam of so much plastic such as chairs or earrings? I remember a man being violently sea sick after the boat had left Messina on the way across the Mediterranean sea.
      As he was retching he lost his false teeth. What would an octopus think of those? They are very intelligent creatures and can solve complicated problems.

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      • Silver in the Barn Says:

        I think we have the beginning of an extremely interesting children’s fable here. Bespectacled calamari meet denture-wearing octupus meet….

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        We had a large salt water aquarium years ago. The fish showed their joy each morning when I entered the kitchen to feed them. The clown fish especialy used to show off, darting in and out of the very toxic anemone. The clown fish hides from predators inside the poisenous anemone knowing it won’t be followed and get eaten. It is amazing how the toxicity doesn’t affect the clown fish.
        I have heard people having pet calamari climb out and wander around the room before going back into the water. I am not sure I would appreciate waking up with a calamari observing me from the top of the bed-head.

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  2. rod Says:

    My wife’s sister was deaf. Once, when they were arguing, she said, ‘It’s no use Audrey, I’ve turned my hearing aid off. I can’t hear a word you’re saying.’

    I’m wondering whether the glasses were half full or half empty?

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, I exasperate my wife by having to ask to say it again. She turns her head to the side of my head to see if I have my hearing aids in.

      With watching films the fashion now is to include background noise to make it more realistic and the incoherent mumbling of actors is to also add realism. I often then pour my glass full several times. After a while |I just watch images and don’t care if the plot doesn’t make sense or the goody priest turns out to be the murderer after all..

      The Danish/Swedish shows are superb and the on screen dialogue helps a lot in which case I leave my glass half empty..

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  3. Andrew Says:

    I find selective deafness quite useful but it doesn’t work with he call to prayer. Only with Mrs. Ha.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      I often guess what people are saying and answer either in the positive or negative. If the facial expression is a bit strange I know I’ve got my answer wrong and do a reverse. H. always urges me to ask again and not be too afraid. Having people say it twice is still dodgy at times.

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  4. petspeopleandlife Says:

    Gerard just consider it luck and thank your “lucky stars” or karma that a freakish event brought your glasses back to you. Now if only everything in life worked like that.🙂

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  5. M-R Says:

    It could only be a miracle for those who believe there’s someone up there. Otherwise it’s simply a coincidence that the specs came back to the same stretch of beach.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      You might be right M-R, but sometimes a belief in a bit of magic and wonder does help. Without magic it all becomes so dry and spiritless. The double weaving of Ikat is still such a case of wonder and magic, especially in Lombok.
      Have a look;

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      • M-R Says:

        They are such clever little creatures …
        You’re right about a bit of magic, and I don’t really take issue with that. It’s just that I prefer to keep that well separate from religion …

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        Yes, but I do think religion and magic sometimes get together and spin wonderful stories. I am thinking of all those magic realism writers of Latin America. Garcia Marquez et all. “Hundred years of solitude”. Are religion and magic in some way symbiotic.? I mean, changing water into wine holds a magic promise.

        Who knows?

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  6. Red Hen Says:

    Maybe a case of `the tide taketh away and the tide giveth`. But I’m glad you got your glasses back.

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  7. Master of Something Yet Says:

    In Fes, we ‘slept’ metres from the minaret and experienced the 4.30am call to prayer on loudspeaker each morning. And it did indeed lead me to pray, “Oh, God.”

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  8. chris hunter Says:

    Gerard, I have a thing with glasses, especially sun glasses. I lost a favourite pair once and six months later they turned up, still sitting on a spot on the motor, under the car bonnet where I had last left them. It was my wife who spotted them – “look, your old sun glasses”. Nice post btw.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      It is a miracle, Chris.
      I drove from Balmain to North Sydney via the harbour bridge and back. People were pointing at me and laughing. I laughed back, thinking my friendly demeanor behind the steering wheel was exuding itself and working. I waved back and felt great.
      After parking my car ( a 1988 ford falcon, painted a powder blue) back in Balmain, I noticed a cup sitting in its saucer on top of the roof, gently leaning against the car’s gutter. It was an Arabia cup and saucer. That explains it! From Finland.
      The coffee was still in its cup!

      Another miracle Chris.

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  9. hilarycustancegreen Says:

    Glad you found the glasses, and without calamari attached. I love a bit of serendipity, but I’m with M-R on the miracle front. You can have it as a miracle if you accept all the co-incidental bad things as from the same source. I once found a 5mm contact lens in the leaf mould in a botanic gardens after walking all the way round the garden!
    I agree we have plenty to learn from the different religions, and the Muslim daily prayers are a great way to create mindfulness. Sufism and Hinduism have much to teach us too about relationships to other humans… but someone out there in charge? I think not. http://www.montypython.net/scripts/allthing.php

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, you could be right but it is nice to ponder about all possibilties. The one thing we can rely upon is that we are here only on a very temperary basis. A kind of rent control. Someone out there collects the rent. We better be a good tenant, and look after the property. Temporary or temperary, it makes no difference.😉

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  10. Carrie Rubin Says:

    Very strange about the glasses. You wonder why, if things like that can happen, why oh why is it so difficult to win the lottery?😉

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  11. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83 Says:

    I think a rare painting could be made using the octopus with the dentures and the calamari in your glasses. They could be surrounded by a swarm of tiny supplicants bearing meatballs.

    Magic abounds!

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