Saturday, June 16, 2012

The relief of wind on water

My apple "pancake"
Friends of ours who recently purchased a boat asked us along for breakfast in Kingston and a day on the water. We left the house at 7am and just got back, 12 hours later. Mind you, we had pizza on the way back.

We walked the little craft market at Kingston before heading to Oak Table Cafe for biscuits and gravy (W) and "an apple pancake" (me). My meal was so huge they rang a bell when it left the kitchen. Seriously! I gave W a quarter, cut off a thin wedge for Donna, and ate the rest of that quarter. We have half left for tomorrow morning. W's two biscuits were so huge they hardly fit into a big soup bowl, heaped with creamy sausage gravy. I ate his two eggs, too.

W's biscuits and gravy, with 2 eggs
The wind blew as we left the slip and returned to it. As we crossed Puget Sound, the waves gently lifted the boat. So much water between shores. So much air moving over the land and sea.

After steering us back through the Chittenden Locks, Jim let me "drive" through the ship canal (he's a high trust person) and it felt utterly relaxing to be chugging along. I could sense and feel the continual interplay between water, boat, and air in the turning of the rudder and adjustment of the engine.

"You have to compensate for the wind," he told W and me.

Likewise, life's currents influence our decisions. We choose to run before the wind, to fight the drift, or to plow headlong into the gale. May God give us wisdom to know what to do in any kind of weather.

Read more:
*You shall worship before the Lord your God; and you shall rejoice in every good thing which the Lord your God has given you and your house. Deuteronomy 26:10-11 (NKJV)

*I made the earth, and created humankind upon it. Isaiah 45:12

*Give thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:20

*Worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water. Revelation 14:7

Moravian Prayer: Awesome God, we thank you for little things, for things we touch and smell and see and taste. In appreciating little things, help us to appreciate big things. May this one day, as it comes, be part of a life lived for you.

We delight in the wonder of the world that you, our divine Designer, have made. May we worship you by tenderly cultivating all of your creation. Amen.

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