Friday, July 4, 2014

Paradise in New Hampshire



Matthew 8:23-26 (NLT) – Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples.  Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat.  But Jesus was sleeping.  The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us!  We’re going to drown!”  Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid?  You have so little faith!”  Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.

I was recently privileged to visit some friends in New Hampshire.  I arrived to a gorgeous sky and a peek at the lake through the trees.  A short descent to the water’s edge revealed a pristine wooded, seemingly uninhabited, paradise.  Aside from a small beach on the far side, the lake belonged to us and loons.  My whole body sighed.  Peace flowed.  The cooling breeze caused gentle rolls on the water’s surface as my breathing slowed and stress evaporated. 

Later, the clouds darkened, wind bent the trees and lightening split the sky.  While I enjoy playing in the rain, we watched from the safety of the enclosed porch.  The rustling leaves and pounding rain, the strong gusts and churning waves – for some reason I love storms. 

The next morning revealed another glorious day.  The lake was like glass as we paddled and glided among sunbathing turtles, a pair of loons and a loner (a quick battle ensued) and several other kayakers.  Calm.  Beautiful.  Welcoming.  A fully clothed swim revealed a top layer of warm water and refreshingly chilly temps down around our toes.  Just perfect!

As we floated in the water, I asked my friend for inspiration.  “God is like the lake”, she answered, “sometimes calm and peaceful, sometimes agitated and angry, but always good and beautiful.”

How does God reveal Himself to you in nature?  Where do you find paradise?

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4 comments:

  1. Life is indeed a lot like that!!!! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for taking time to read Don. -Cathy

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  2. Nature is paradise. The beautiful flowers, the trees, the birds in the air all have a message to give. And God does reveal himself through nature.

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    1. For me, it is especially a mountain lake. My husband and I debate whether we prefer an ocean beach or mountain lake. Both are relaxing, beautiful and reveal God's character. Thanks for stopping by.

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