Monday, April 26, 2010

Only a Few More Steps

Many of you know that my 3-year-old and I travelled to Destin, Florida, last week with my husband's family.  I've always been a huge lover of both the beach and sun, but haven't had a chance to visit the ocean in 5 years.  It was such a nice vacation and a priceless opportunity to reconnect with my daughter, Addison, one-on-one.

Once I knew our trip had been finalized, I began telling her about where we were going and all the things we would get to see.  I tried my best to describe how much fun she would have playing in lots and lots of sand.  She had never seen an ocean or beach before, so I knew this would be an awesome sight for her.  The excitement and anticipation was almost more than she could stand!

The time finally came and Addison got to lay eyes on the beach for the very first time.   I sort of expected her to take off running ahead, but instead she prematurely got excited and quickly began shoveling sand into her bucket.  We were at the very edge of the sand line, with a huge beach and majestic ocean ahead of us.  She didn't understand that we hadn't fully arrived and that the best was yet to come.  When we finally coerced her to keep walking, she came to realize what we had been promising her.   Her already big blue eyes grew as large as ever as she saw the ocean for the first time. What a precious moment that was... Really wish her daddy could have been with us to see it.

As we enjoyed our time in the sunshine, I began to think about Addy's first impression of the beach. The Lord gently whispered to my heart about my own bouts of premature contentment.   I realized how often God brings us to note-worthy places and experiences along our life's journey... and how we all too quickly settle with the first glance.  We think that our first footprint in the sand is the last, neglecting to keep our heads up and eyes peeled on what the next few steps hold for us.

Taking it even a step further... I get very content in my life here on earth.  TOO content.  My eternal home in heaven is only a few proverbial steps away, but my mind gets stuck in the "sand" of earth.  I picture myself as my 3-year-old, quickly scooping meaningless treasures of earth into my perishable bucket.

It's so funny to me how the Lord gets our attention sometimes, especially in moments when we least expect it.   I hope I can remember this particular vacation for as long as possible.  Father, help my family and I to keep dreaming big and yearning for our home in heaven.   Help us to not ever miss the forest because of the trees... or miss the beautiful beach because of the sand.

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him... 1 Corinthians 2:9



I didn't realise how lucky I was until I read your post. I have lived by the sea for the past 30 yrs. first on the South coast of England then Spain. I see the sea everyday but tomorrow I shall see it through different eyes.Thanks for opening them.

tasha said...

I want to be smart and wise like you when I grow up. *hugs*

Stacey said...

Beautiful post-that is so nice you got to spend that time with your daughter!

I LOVE that verse:)

Leslie Rivas said...

So glad you and Addy got to enjoy such a special time together! Your writing is beautiful, loved this post. Gorgeous pic too!! Love you all :)

Sarah Lynne said...

What a great post, and a very pretty daughter!!!

melodygreen said...

What a great post! :) I love how you draw such lessons from everyday life... I've really enjoyed reading your blog this month. I am glad that you got to spend time unplugged and relaxing!

Trudy said...

A beautiful post Carmen! Great picture too to capture the memory of your first trip to the ocean with your daughter.

Indeed...let our eyes always be focused on Him and our eternal home in Heaven!

Kelly said...

Wow this is a beautiful post!

Loren said...

What a beautiful post! I agree with you on so many accounts...I just returned from the beach as well (just hours ago)

So happy to meet you and look forward to knowing you! I am your newest follower!

Renee said...

Wow, this is so good! Thank you so much for sharing this for the Something Beautiful link party! What an amazing thing to always remember, that God has greater things for us all the time. The best is always "yet to come"!
It's really nice to meet you, and I look forward to reading more of your posts in the future!

Apron Senorita said...

So very nice to meet you Carmen. I post your verse again. "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him..." 1 Corinthians 2:9

The reason I post it is because I went to a life changing Women's retreat 2 years ago and that was the verse theme for the retreat. GOD IS AWESOME!! Since then I have been able to notice signs that God sends to me. When I read your verse, it confirmed that I am on the right road in life.

You and your daugther look so happy and blessed.

Yoli :)

Angel said...

What a wonderful post!! So glad I found you through the Something Beautiful hop!! I am now following you and can't wait to read more!! Hope you come by mine when you get a chance!!

I love making new bloggy friends!!