Thursday, November 4, 2010
Hawaii did us both good
I recently left the beaches and sunshine of Oahu in route for home in Seattle. My city greeted me with rain and 56 degrees. Sigh. What a difference a 41/2 hour plane ride makes!
Now I am at home, my Seahawks hoodie keeping me warm, reflecting the recent past. Without a doubt the best moment in Hawaii was hearing Sherry laugh with her sisters as they recalled places and events while growing up. And much more belly laughing ensued when her brothers Randy and Wayne added their stories to the mix. It was good to see her happy. She even danced the hula! - first time in years.
Hawaii did us both good: rest, peace, diminished sense of responsibility. We are consistently advised "not to worry", and "be not anxious", according to the Bible. God obviously knows that mankind is prone to these issues, and that is why the topic is so clearly written in scripitures.
So, my course was set in the “Aloha state”-and with the help of O’hana (family) and the good Lord watching over me, my peace and rest began. I awoke every morning to the waves breaking on the shore, my nephews encouraging me on a variety of outdoor pursuits and evenings filled with poi and lau-lau.
You know what? I just feel better now. My outlook is better, some strength has returned and I am spiritually strong. My immediate future requires even more faith and physical strength and this trip reminded me that the Lord knows everything I need.