Sunday, June 28, 2009

A change of perspective

Good morning friends! I missed chatting with you last week, but with my family vacation well under way, it just didn't work out. We're still out of town but now I'm actually on dry land and have internet connection again so I couldn't resist reaching out to you!

My family's vacation has been a few days in Miami and a 7 day cruise. Throughout the cruise we had 4 ports of call - the Bahamas, St. Thomas, Puerto Rico and Grand Turk. While we were in the Bahamas, I finally got to do something that I have always wanted to do - parasailing! It was magnificent! The white sand beaches were a stark contrast to the lush tropical plants and the aqua and turquoise water. The entire time that I was dangeling from the parachute 1100 ft above the water I was worshiping and praising God for letting me see my surroundings with such a new perspective...literally! I had appreciated the beauty of the island when we arrived, but this was stunning! The view was gorgeous and because I was up so high it was completely silent.

Later in the cruise, God changed my perspective yet again. My family went snorkeling in Grand Turk along two seperate reefs. Once again, I was in awestruck wonder of what God showed me under the sea. It was an explosion of purple, yellow, blue, green, brown and red fish and coral that I had never seen before, it was amazing! But as I marveled in His amazing creation, I noticed that it was once again completely silent.

We had so many other wonderful experiences on our vacation, but these two moments were brought to my mind today. Clearly God will take us to any heighth and to any depth to give us a much needed change of perspective. Although we may feel we don't have control of the situation, God is in control and has us right in the palm of His hand. Our job is to obediently go where He leads us and listen quietly for what He has to say.

While I was parasailing far above the water, God reminded me of how beautiful and peaceful the world really is when you allow yourself to step back and observe. Then, while snorkeling, God reminded me that His world is far more vast and complex than I even realize. Knowing that He had created every single fish and coral that I saw and yet He still knows my thoughts, fears and the number of hairs on my head filled me with an overwhelming love for Him. God is so excited to show us things that will absolutely thrill us if we'd only stop long enough to let Him!

My greatest souvenier from my vacation is newly restored reverance for God and the complexity of His creation. My cup is overflowing with awe of a God that can create such amazing things, giving each a life and a purpose. I'm so thankful for the change in perspective and I'm especially thankful that I have had time to chat with you!

Be blessed,

"Be still, and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10


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