A couple of weeks ago we were at the beach for our annual family vacation! It was incredibly fun as usual. I am a beach lover!! I love everything about it…even the sand. I especially love watching our kids enjoying all that is a summer beach trip…the sounds of the ocean, the salty air, the breeze, the waves, the seafood…it is such a great time for enjoying family and creating memories!
This year we decided to splurge and do something a little different that we thought the kids would really enjoy…we went on a dolphin cruise! It was a blast. We left from a marina on the inter coastal and traveled about 40 minutes at about 20 mph toward the ocean. We enjoyed seeing all the houses and boats and the sights of the inter coastal. Then we saw the opening for the great Atlantic ocean! Our time in the safe waters of the waterway were coming to an end and we were about to embark on the “high seas” (well, they weren’t really high, but it was the open sea). We were all excited to be able to see some dolphins.
The captain announced that we were headed to where they usually see many dolphins. He said they usually try to go where there is a shrimp boat…the dolphins love that! He couldn’t find any and we literally cruised around for about 2 hours and didn’t see a single dolphin. They even tried to drag their own nets for awhile to attract them but it didn’t work. One nice treat from that was when they pulled in their net there were all kinds of sea creatures and fish. One of the crew collected all the shrimp and lit a grill and cooked them up for us! The captain said we better head back in…on our way back, we saw a shrimping boat in the distance…he said we would head toward it with the last hope of seeing some dolphins (we had been out for about 3.5 hours by now). As we approached, we were amazed…there were tons of dolphins!! They were jumping and swimming all around our boat. It was quite a site!! We all loved it and then we headed back to the inter coastal and made our way back to the marina! All in all, it was a great family adventure!
The next day I decided to read Oswald Chambers which I hadn’t done in probably a year or so. I opened to that date (June 8th) and this is what I read, “If you yourself do not cut the lines that tie you to the dock, God will have to use a storm to sever them and to send you out to sea. Put everything in your life afloat upon God, going out to sea on the great swelling tide of His purpose, and your eyes will be opened. If you believe in jesus, you are not to spend all your time in the calm waters just inside the harbor, full of joy, but always tied to the dock. You have to get out past the harbor and into the great depths of God, and begin to know things for yourself – begin to have spiritual discernment.”
Wow…the day after I had “gone out to sea” I read these words! It was a great gift from the Lord to have had a visual and experiential example of what Oswald was talking about the day before I would read it! Thanks Lord…I needed that! Are you safe in the harbor, enjoying all that is there…or are you launching out into the deep – into the depths of our great God to see and experience all that He has for you! Just a little something to think about today!
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