Now that you've cleaned up your lives by following the truth, love one another as if your lives depended on it. Your new life is not like your old life. Your old birth came from mortal sperm; your new birth comes from God’s living Word. Just think: a life conceived by God himself! That’s why the prophet said, The old life is a grass life, its beauty as short-lived as wildflowers;
Grass dries up, flowers droop, God’s Word goes on and on forever.
This is the Word that conceived the new life in you.
this week he has been learning to swim in deeper water
while the tide has been high
As we wade, I watch the hermit crabs scurry to get out of the way
then suddenly stop
nope, nothing to see here just a shell I'm only a shell an empty shell an ugly shell not even worth picking up and taking home because I smell really bad too so just keep wading in the water and ignore me
Trooper, off leash, wades deeper and deeper until he is swimming
he looks to me in a panic and I reassure him that he is okay and a good boy
he swims circles going from deep water where his feet are off the bottom
to shallower water where he can touch again
I reach into the water and pick up a shell, throwing it into the water beyond Trooper
wheeeeeeeeee I'm flying!
encouraging him to swim deeper still and know that he is in control
The sun is hot on my back and shoulders
and the water is cool on my feet and legs
I watch fish swimming around me
thin and pencil like fish
fish with bright yellow noses
a blue crab breaks cover from under the sand and swims away
waving a threatening claw at me
hey silly giant watch where you are walking!
pelicans fly in single file
pterodactyls from an earlier time
a white heron wades in shallow water along the shore
stretching his long neck to snatch an unsuspecting fish out of the water
throwing his head back, the fish slips down his throat
between the questions of "what ifs" and "what nexts" and "what nows" i remind myself to breathe. they say a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and it is that step i am taking now. although truth be told, i have been taking that first step since the day i was born. i cannot count how many thousands of miles have i walked in these 52 years that have started with questions...
what if i say yes?
what if i say no?
where do i go next?
what do i do next?
what do i do now?
where do i go now?
but The One who counts my steps ... The One who answers my questions ... He has always known the answers because He has been the one to create the journey. there is only one answer for the questions and only one step to take ... faith.
And in the same way—by our faith—the Holy Spirit helps us with our daily problems and in our praying. For we don’t even know what we should pray for nor how to pray as we should, but the Holy Spirit prays for us with such feeling that it cannot be expressed in words.
The F-22s are training this morning so for the last three hours they have made me duck (inside my house and on my serenity deck) as they fly low and close to practice their touch-and-go landings.
The neighbor behind me has been mowing his dirt and weeds for the past thirty minutes and each time I hear the blades kick up a rock I flinch.
The temperature has been in the 90s the past few days and the humidity in the 100s. The slick sweat that coats my skin doesn't seem to dry at all. The ice on in my tea melts before I have a chance to enjoy it.
Silence awaits me, broken only by the sounds of nature. Cooler days and nights.