Sometimes I want to take on the world, walking vigorously, exploring all there is to see. But other days I just want to sit by the riverbank and watch it flow. Listen to the waters flowing over the rocks, watch the birds overhead in flight, rest my body in the soft green grass. Both ways have merit and worth, just differently. Action and thought. Both integral parts of this thing that God has given us….life. “He leads me beside the still waters; He restores my soul.” ~Psalm 23:2b-3a
So many things in our lives are out of our control. And I can tell you that I don’t like that, at all, but I know that it’s good for me. Trust….let go….let someone else be in charge….enjoy the ride. On this particular day, the adults all had to exit our lake boat as we were passing from one Killarney lake to the next through a shallow section. But our guide let Joshua stay and enjoy the ride through with him. Joshua, only 7 at the time, was unsure at first, but afterwards, he was all smiles and stories. Trusting, letting go, and enjoying the ride.
There is a Bible passage that really helps me when I’m going through the uncontrollable waters: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you…..Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you….do not be afraid, for I am with you.” (Isaiah 43:2,4a,5a)
Let go…trust your Guide…enjoy the amazing ride He has planned for each of us! Slainte, Lisa
If you are touring in the Killarney area near Ross Castle, and have the time, I recommend rowing a boat over the lake to Innisfallen. Innisfallen island is over the lake a bit from the castle, and my valiant husband braved the wind chopped lake waves and rowed us over.
Our little rowboat is on the left of the pier; Ross Castle can be seen in the distance across the lake.
Innisfallen was the site of a monastery established in the 7th Century; people say that King Brian Boru studied there. If you go, you will see the remains of a 11th or 12th century priory and church. But mostly, what you will feel and see is peace, quiet, history, and the remembrance of past saints’ prayers. Slainte, Lisa
“Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice, O earth; burst into song, O mountains! For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion.” ~Isaiah 49:13
What is singing in your corner of the world this morning? Maybe the tree that is using red, orange, and yellow as his notes of song. Maybe the green grass under your feet is shouting, “Glorious day!” Maybe the sky and the clouds are playing with blues and whites and grays, creating a beautiful artwork of this very moment. Go ahead and add to their beauty with a song or big shout of your own! Slainte, Lisa