A short walk from home brings us to a place of beauty, nature and joy – the waterfront!!! A typical summer evening at the waterfront would vary depending on the day of the week and the weather. The scene dramatically changes from a quiet humdrum weekday to a vibrant, bustling-with-excitement, colourful weekend with families, adults, kids walking about and enjoying their time at the lake, some with food, fishing rods or a Tim’s coffee in their hands. The local Cafe band sings and plays music to the demands of the patrons. The eatery spills out onto the side walk and people stop by to take in the music. A group of bikers hang out together and barrel in and out of the main street with loud rut-tut exhaust sounds. The lake is dotted with jet skis, boats and paddle boaters. The pier is filled with people, some fish, some watch their children play in the water, young couples walk by hand in hand, some walk by in a determined finish-my-exercise kinda walk, older people sit on the benches and enjoy the sunshine and weather. A walk to the lake and back can overwhelm your memory with enough images, aromas and sounds to last a lifetime. Try walking…it always does a world of good to the body, soul and mind.
With the recent news and spate of events, I have begun to wonder when will we have some normalcy to our lives. Has mankind lost its favour in God’s eyes? I often think about this when I lie awake some nights wondering if there will ever be an end to this madness. For those of us who have parents, families, spouses, children and loved ones in other parts of the world, that we can’t travel to see, can’t hug or visit with – I know the feeling can bring on sadness, helplessness and sometimes distraught. But the comforting thought is that our loving Father is beside all of us every step of the way. He has us in the palm of his hands. He knows our every thought and will be there with us all until the end. I said a prayer for all of you today.
Isaiah 49:25 - I Will Not Forget You I Have Carved You on The Palms of My Hands.
If you had an opportunity to begin life over, where would you start? Would you think differently, act differently, manage your relations a certain way, change your lifestyle or would you not change a thing? Something to ponder over.
Jeremiah 29:11 -
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Romans 15:7 - Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
A few weeks ago I was surprised to see these yellow flowers on plants that I thought were my Maltese cross plants. The leaves look very similar to the Maltese cross plant, but I was both surprised and delighted to see an inflorescence of cup-like golden yellow flowers that added a splash of colour to the red and pinks in my garden. While I am disappointed that my Maltese cross plants did not come up this year, I gladly welcome the new flowers to my garden and hope they will stay forever.
Life brings new people into our lives, I suggest you welcome them with open arms for they always bring a new idea, a fresh perspective or joy into your life. Not all scattered seed are weeds!!!
If you wish to disconnect from the outside world or declutter your mind, I suggest hiking or walking a trail. It brings your whole being and mind to a calm and tranquil state. It helps you be one with nature. It will change your perspective on silence. It is also an opportunity to contemplate life. Try it!
John 14:27 - Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.