It’s hard to believe that we’re already in November, isn’t it? Goodness gracious – where has 2018 gone? Regardless, I am grateful that the Lord has seen me through the year thusfar, and has gotten me through some situations where I felt stuck or unsure about what my next step should be. I am grateful!
At any rate, I am particularly thankful because on this first weekend in November, in beautiful California, the weather is still quite stunning (temperatures in the 70s, blue skies). Of course, the weather will one day change abrupty, announcing the arrival of what passes for winter here – temperatures will enter the low- to mid-60s (or below – even into the 50s sometimes!), and the rain will eventually come. This is how we roll in California when it comes to “winter,” so please do not judge. 😉
However, the weather on Sunday was simply breathtaking. I met up a friend at a nearby lake – perhaps twenty minutes or so from where I live – and we had the opportunity to go for a walk along the water. Indeed, it’s hard to imagine that such a beautiful spot is located only a mile or two from a busy city, but it is. At any rate, here is one of the breathtaking vistas that I encountered during my walk:
Look at that water!!
True, my photography skills weren’t particularly on point that day – you’ll note that the horizon line is a little off-center – but who cares? The water was still beautiful. And it was nice to observe little ducks (off-camera) gliding and sliding along the surface of the lake.
Whenever I am around a body of water, I am filled with a sense of peace and contentment, and experience an assurance form the Lord that all is well. Not necessarily perfect, but – in that moment – well. Peaceful. Good. Blessed. I suppose it’s all about where I place my focus, no? On the azure waters in front of me, or the barely discernible issues and concerns further out in distance?
On Sunday, I chose to keep my eye on the waters, and was all the better for it. I also had a wonderful conversation with my friend, and we enjoyed a tasty lunch, too (there was a cafe adjacent to the lake).
All in all, the day was delightful, and as far as I am concerned, it was the highlight of my past week.
So here’s wishing you lots of sunshine, blue skies, and calm waters, dear friends! God is good.