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Sweet Memories

Lately, I have spent a lot of time thinking about the East Coast and what I miss most. I realized that most of my memories were of times of year, places visited and the fun my family and I had at the beach. Yes, we have family and friends we miss, but most of all we all miss the beach. Especially our Christmas' at Nags Head. Recently, I discovered photo images online of Nags Head. There are pictures like the one above and of lighthouses, including my favorite, Bodie Island, and it gave me a piece of home I was needing.

As I look at the above picture, there are a lot of emotions swirling around me. As I relax and take in the picture, I am filled with peace and a sense of calm that I haven't had in a long time. I am remembering the walks along this very beach, along Virginia Beach, along the bridges in New York on the Hudson River and along the Arkansas River. I am filled with memories of the same response to the moving water and how I was feeling before and after. For me, water has a calming effect when life has gotten out of control. As a child growing up in NY, I would walk across the bridges just to look at the water and everything would be all right inside.

Today, I am remembering the day I gave my heart to the Lord, why, when and where; the day when He called me back unto himself, and when He said "Go ye" and I said "Send me." These are all sweet memories that I have collected along this journey and though I am not where I want to be or maybe even, where God wants me to be, I know that I am a long way from where I once was. I was depending on the water to fill me with calm and peace, but now I know that only He can do it completely, everyday, all the time. I am learning that I can still have that sense of calm and peace everyday, without the water, if I remember who is the author of my life. I'll visit the waterside, both physically and, more importantly, spiritually when life gets a little crazy. Well, I am going now to spend time with my Lord and Savior, before I go to bed, because life has been a little crazy lately.

How about you, have you had a drink today from the living water? What are your sweet memories?

"Come, taste and see that the Lord is Good."