Soaking It Up

I went to the Outer Banks over the weekend with some friends. We sat on the beach, played in the waves and laughed. I only live about an hour from the beach but don’t get there as often as I wish I could. Life and responsibilities always get in the way. So, every time we do go, it feels like a mini-vacation.

For this beach outing, we followed our friends down in our car and then piled in the back of their four-wheel drive truck and drove onto Corolla beach. Riding in the back of a truck is always a fun and bumpy experience. (On a side note, it briefly reminded me of my last bumpy ride in the back of a pickup going up the side of a mountain in the Dominican Republic.) I love it. I especially love bumpy rides on the sandy beach. When you finally stop and park, you jump off the truck, instantly feel the warm sand between your toes and can almost reach out and touch the ocean, which is just a few brief steps away, no lugging the beach chairs, coolers, and umbrellas down the beach… just unload and relax.

In the few short hours I was there, I got to see several dolphins playing in the water, seagulls and pelicans flying overhead and two Corolla wild horses walking up the beach. The horses seem fearless. I watched one of the horses walk right up to one group of beach goers, pick up a towel and curiously play with it for a little bit before he dropped it and continued his slow meander along the ocean’s edge. They stopped every so often to take time to enjoy all the eyes observing them. They appeared to like all the attention and seemed to soak up the experience. I enjoyed soaking up the experience too.

I am doing a bible study with some ladies at church and one of the verses I read for today’s lesson was Romans 1:20 (NLT)

“For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.”

This weekend was a great reminder to me of how awesome and breathtaking God’s creation is. I am thankful for the time I was able to sit in the sun and soak some of it up!

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