Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Pure Unbridled Joy!

Yesterday the boys and I went to the beach. For those of you who know me, you know I LOVE going to the beach. But for some reason, I wasn’t as eager to go this time. I had promised Joseph that I would take him to the beach when he finished 20 lessons in “Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.” He finished the 20th lesson yesterday so we headed off to the beach.

Generally, when I am not doing well spiritually, I like to drive to the beach, get a handful of ocean water, and read Isaiah 40:12: Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance? I look at the water and then at the ocean and I think, “This water in my hand is what this water in the ocean looks like to God.” When I do that, I am always reminded that God is WAY bigger than me, and WAY bigger than any problem or worry I might have.

But this time, I have been doing well spiritually and wasn’t feeling the need to be rejuvenated. As I was driving to the beach, I felt like maybe this was a waste of time and gas money to drive this far for just a couple of hours at the beach. But then we got there, and when I saw the joy on my kids’ faces as they played together, I thought it was worth the trip. It was such a blessing to see the smiles on their faces and to see how incredibly happy they were.

I had brought my camera and when I saw them playing together so happily, I was hoping for the perfect shot – one that showed both of them smiling, and preferably looking at each other. It was so bright out there that I could barely see the screen on the camera. I could see that both boys were in the shot, but that was about it. So I just clicked and clicked and when I got home, I was thrilled to see this picture. When I saw it, I thought, “That is totally God!” I couldn’t see when I was trying to take the pictures and I was so excited to see that God blessed me and let me get such a good shot.


Anonymous said...

Its nice to see that my children aren't the only ones who decided to get in the water fully clothed.. and I thought clothing would stop them!

DWR said...

Yeah - I couldn't resist getting in the water as a kid, so I don't even expect my kids to resist the urge. I just bring a change of clothes for the ride home.