Friday, July 24, 2020
Peaceful Journey on the Pond
Are you ready for a little trip around Still Water Pond with me? I think it is about time, don't you? I haven't been out on the pond in over a week, and this morning I decided I didn't care how warm and muggy it is out there, a little voyage around the pond was just what I needed.
So come along with me and enjoy the ride. I will caution you, however, the rowing was rather difficult today. The water lilies are so thick in the pond that it is almost impossible to work our way through them. But once out there on the water, there was no turning back. It was a kind of spiritual challenge to keep going until I found a sense of peace and calm enveloping my soul.
13. "Brethren (sisters!), I do not count myself to have apprehended;
but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind
and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,
14. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
I was surprised to discover this blackberry bush growing up through this old post from a long ago forgotten dock in the middle of the pond. Talk about perseverance! How is it growing there? Perhaps some bird left the seed while sitting on that perch eating some blackberries?
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
While I was laboring in my efforts to paddle around the pond today, I was praying for a sense of peace from the stresses of the world. And I also asked the Lord for something extra special to see today...and all of a sudden a duck flew up and away over on the other side by the bank. Of course I was too slow to get a picture of him, but then I looked again, and this lovely female wood duck swam into view:
She lingered a little while, contemplating her next move. I could tell she was anxious to join her mate who had flown away, but she seemed to be reluctant to join him too quickly. I wonder if they are nesting in that area and perhaps she was distraught about leaving her nest? I don't know, and I didn't want to get too close to disturb her. So I sat quietly in my kayak and thanked the Lord for allowing me to see her and that she sat still long enough for me to get a few pictures...
However, she could see me out of the corner of her eye and right after this picture she flew up up and away to join her mate.
So I rounded the bend in the pond and started my homeward stretch. The reflections were lovely here in the shadow of the trees of the little island, so I sat and reflected upon their beauty for another moment.
4. "Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say rejoice!
5. Let your gentleness be known to all men.
The Lord is at hand.
6. Be anxious for nothing,
but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving,
let your requests be made known to God;
7. And the peace of God,
which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
I hope you enjoyed this little trip around the pond with me today. I must say that even though my arm muscles are tired from rowing against those lilies, the sense of peace and joy that I feel in my heart now is well worth the effort. And that is how it is in our journey through this life. We will face many challenges and struggles throughout our days, but when we reach that "goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 3:14), it will be worth it all. We will forget those things that were behind us, and we will rejoice in the Lord carrying us through to victory.
Have a blessed and peaceful day my friends.