Friday, May 18, 2007

Shelter from the rain



Larry and I spent a few hours on the beach late this afternoon. I walked for about 45 minutes by myself and spent some time "in the zone" then came back and sat with him on lounge chairs on the sand while the sun went down. Finally one of the lifeguards came and asked for our chairs...we were some of the last people out there on the beach and they were collecting all the chairs and umbrellas. We came in and cleaned up and then headed to South Beach for dinner tonight. I love that area...the beauty, the energy, everything about it. We went to a place called the Waldorf Prime Time, and ate outside. It was really quite a beautiful spot. Right after we sat down, a massive storm started. I'm talking a torrential downpour. BUT...interestingly enough, it was like we were protected in a little cocoon. Although we were under a tent outside, most people under the tent still got very wet with water dripping down off of the sides, or blowing in. For some reason it was like we were in a protective bubble. We just sat at our table and nothing happened to us while the frenzy was going on. We just sat there and looked at our menus, and thought, "this is God's favor." We had a very nice unhurried date where we just talked about whatever came to mind and worried about absolutely nothing.

This was the best meal I have had in a long, long time. I was moaning with every bite. Some of the best Mahi Mahi I have EVER had. Larry is still on his Daniel fast so he had almost every vegetable on the menu. :-) He enjoyed it. They had some real good grilled asparagus for him.

The rain subsided...so we walked for a while after dinner. The sounds, the smells, everything about the outdoors here, I love...

We were going to walk on the boardwalk when we got back to the resort but it was going to rain so we just came back to the room where I could get some things ready for the service in the morning, line up my books, CD's, and everything I need for a smooth morning. The candles are lit, but don't worry, I'm being watchful. :-)

Personally, (aside from what I'm speaking on tomorrow) I was reading Philippians 4. This is the book I've been reading for my personal devo's this week. Tonight the verse that captured my attention was, "Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and your minds as you live in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6,7

I'm really learning a lot more about this. Due to the fact that I'm a very diligent worker, I tend to rely on myself for everything and often think of what I'm going to do before I ever consider what God is going to do. I'm starting to reverse that more. Instead of wondering what I'm going to do about things initially, like I so often have, I'm learning to first say, "okay God, what are YOU going to do about this?"

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