Monday, October 31, 2011

The Ocean



09:00
Alabama

Silken waves lapped against the shore.  Sea birds danced in the crisp wind.  I didn’t want to leave.  The ocean seemed to vanish all other thoughts and worries as time stood still.  The sun began to set, touching every wave, giving way to shadows and the realization that all good things come to an end. I wriggled my toes, loving the feel of the cool sand beneath my feet. 

Beachcombers strolled along the edge of the water.  Some were couples and linked hands as they walked towards the sunset.  Others preferred to journey alone.  Children left their sandcastles for the safety of their parents’ arms. 

Sand pipers jigged across the sand.  As the tide rolled in, the last of the jelly fish succumbed to the watery depths.  Grandma and I headed back to the truck.  We were both reluctant to leave that glimpse of heaven.  The sand shifted with each step.  Our shadows disappeared with the sun; the moon decided to venture out of her cloudy hiding place. 

My heart waved goodbye.

Everything was okay.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Always Hope

Midterms are over!  Praise God . . . my friends and I celebrated at least three times already.  One test was conquered and the other hasn't been graded yet.

Have you ever noticed that life has critical points?  The pressure is applied and everything comes crashing down at once.  I can almost guarantee that a college student's life will become increasingly difficult at midterms or finals.  Bad news from home, drama, friend issues, health - I'll stop there ;)

I like to compare my spiritual life to a bush.  Yeah, a bush.  The free-form naturalistic concept sounds wonderful, yet God has a topiary in mind!  And pruning hurts!.

Have you ever played with dough?  Have you noticed how you can stretch it to a certain point before it breaks?  What is your breaking point?  As for myself, I've felt broken many times this past year and a half, and somehow He keeps working me.

Imagine being blindfolded in the dark, spun around, and told to walk the edge of a cliff.  God likes having us there.  He says "follow me" and gets interesting responses from us . . . usually "WHICH WAY?!?!" or "Are you kidding?"

If you're feeling broken, know that there is always hope.  You are not alone!  Most people don't talk about their problems because it hurts, but there are others that are going through the same thing.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Fall, Again?

So it's fall again. Things are pretty much the same as always. I miss the chill in the air, the pumpkins, anticipation of family and holidays. Life changes so quickly. I miss crisp brightly colored leaves crunching underfoot. The full moon at harvest. The wind blowing through my hair while feeding my horse another apple.  Knowing that a cup of caramel apple cider was waiting inside for the making. Decorating the house with Christmas lights on halloween night. Baking pies for the family. Preserving the last of the food for the winter to come. I miss it. Dancing to Big Band music while wearing classic aprons and twirling my baby sisters around the kitchen (after I let them lick out the bowl, of course). Helping my almost-teenager brother train his dog. Watching steam rise from the milkpail as I milked my goat and she nuzzled my shoulder. Curling up with a good book, a Doris day movie, and a furry dog. Funny how animals are always ready to listen and comfort - always there. Except when your dog wants a kiss after eating horse manure!