Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Peaceful Sea

Yesterday, my hubby Arvo went to rent a kayak for him and our daughter, while I kayaked from the public dock to the rental place just about 1/8th mile away. As I valiantly paddled against the remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea, I saw why no one else was on the water. Who knew how hard it was to kayak in 50 mph wind gusts?

I was headed to the rental dock to tell Arvo to can the idea of kayaking, when he appeared on the dock giving the universal "can the idea" sign. The rental place wouldn't rent since there was a "weather advisory". I am not sure, but I think the rental worker rolled his eyes at me when I said, "It IS a little hard to kayak against the wind." (a.k.a. hurricane.) I had been hopeful for one last look at the dolphin up close and personal before we headed back to real life, but even I had to admit, it was crazy being on the water.

We did venture to the ocean at low tide to swim, though the lifeguards still had "caution" flags raised. The waves were not exciting enough for Asherel or Arvo, and I never go IN the ocean. I like to just look at the ocean. So we were all sitting in the low tide watching the little clam babies burrow, when the lifeguards came running to the water and peered at it, then whistled everyone out. They had spotted a shark!

That, by the way, is why I only *look* at the ocean, and rarely venture *in* the ocean.

So now, I sit on the back deck to see the first blue sky of our week here, our departure morning. I am grateful, so grateful that even in the rain and storm, I was able to be in this beautiful place. I am sad, as always to leave Hilton Head. It is so beautiful, and peaceful by the sea. Hurricanes and sharks aside, oh, and flash flood warnings that were in effect till this afternoon... the sea is otherwise a peaceful place. Oh, AND except for the Portuguese Man o' War jellyfish, which can kill you. They littered the shoreline after the storm. So, except for those few deadly exceptions, the sea is a peaceful place and I am sorry to leave it. But home is safe, in general, so I am not completely sorry.

I am for peace, but when I speak, They are for war. (Psalms 120:7 NASB)

Who stills the roaring of the seas, The roaring of their waves, And the tumult of the peoples. They who dwell in the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your signs; You make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy. (Psalms 65:7, 8 NASB)

Deuteronomy 8:10 NIV
[10] When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.

-save a dog-

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