Monday, August 13, 2012

An easy Return

With no advertising thus far except on Facebook, my new book, Tommy- A Story of Ability, zipped up to #17 nonfiction children animal books. I hope once I advertise I might actually make some money for both me and the wonderful rescue farm where Tommy lives. ( It was a nice little bonus to my birthday.

The other bonus was that I was given free rein by my family to do whatever I wanted. I took my little kayak and headed to the river. With blue sky beckoning and a whole open afternoon before me, I headed upriver. It was a hot day, so I donned my umbrella hat. I am of an age now that everyone expects me to be loony. I don't think I disappoint in that expectation.

A few motor boats passed, stopped their motors and chugged over to ask me where I got my hat. Almost no one passed me without a smile and a comment. I felt deliriously happy all alone in my little boat, safe from the sun, limited in my travels only by my endurance.

Unfortunately, my wrists will never be the same and my endurance is not what it once was. My weak wrists can only handle about 90 minutes of kayaking comfortably. Besides that, I was traveling against the current. I made it to an old railroad bridge spanning the river and turned around. I had inadvertently timed it such that I turned just as they opened the dam upriver. The added current carried me swiftly back to my dock. Even the wind was at my back. It was almost effortless on the return.

And I thought, this is like my prayer for all my loved ones. Though the struggles and troubles and trials through life sometimes seem like an impossible against-the-current battle, remember the day will come when you will turn back Home. A mighty current and compelling wind will whisk you to the shore of the One who awaits you with open arms. Your struggles will be over, and you will dock safely, effortlessly exactly where you were always meant to be.

Jonah 2:3-4 (NIV)
You hurled me into the depths, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me. [4] I said, ‘I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.’

-save a dog-


  1. Happy (albeit late) birthday Vicky! And to your mother in law as well. I tried to post a comment yesterday, but was unable.

    My 59th (or 109th?) birthday was the 4th, just started agility training with our 2 Jack Russell Terriers in February, and have sore hamstrings from years of running.

    I am grateful that we can always run to our Father, who is waiting with open arms.

    Now I need to go order some children's books...

  2. Thank you so much, Nancy. I really appreciate it.