I feel like this blog has been a long time coming and I didn’t even know it. I haven’t blogged in a month or so, as I didn’t really have much to say and felt like blogging for the sake of blogging wasn’t what I wanted to do. In these days of social distancing, heading to Puerto Rico for some family pictures seemed like the right thing to do.
Ok, maybe not the RIGHT thing, but the “WHY NOT” thing. Unless you’ve been living under a rock over the last couple of weeks, you know that our world is in a state of confusion, loss and virus. We have been told to stay inside our homes and to not gather in places with others. Some of our basic freedoms and rights have been stripped from us in the name of this pandemic and we are all ok with it. Maybe not ok, but not really fighting it.
If you know me, you know that sarcasm is my way of dealing with much in my life, so while I know that this virus is a big deal, sarcasm is my way of dealing with it. The unknown is not something I deal well with, however, I believe I’m growing in that area.
You see, we were scheduled to go to Mexico April 9-14. Then on March 13, the country lost it’s marbles (sarcasm) over this virus and the governor of PA ordered schools to be closed for at least 2 weeks. We decided to reschedule our Mexico vacation and go now. Plans were changed to Puerto Rico since we would be staying in the USA and would have (hopefully) less issues traveling.
The entire vacation was filled with MUCH uncertainty. It also came with MANY reminders in God’s word, 365 times in the Bible, in fact, to not fear. We don’t know what tomorrow holds in Pennsylvania or in Puerto Rico. We don’t know if this is the start of His final coming or not. Only God knows. We are instructed to not fear ( “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 4:6-7)
I think that some people’s Faith is mistaken for sarcasm or stupidity sometimes. My faith doesn’t come from what I can see, but from what I can not see. To hear my children say “If it’s my time to go, it’s my time” makes me proud of them for I know that they have a faith and peace that passes all Earthly understanding. While I know that is hard for some to understand, and not always easy for me to remember, it’s true. When my time here is up, God will take me.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t believe that means we should put ourselves in harms way without fear of the consequences. I do believe that we should live our lives, see God’s beauty and remember why we are here.
The beauty that is here in Puerto Rico is truly amazing. I’ve had the time to take notice of the palm trees that somehow stand quite tall and majestic, despite their lack of root stability. I’ve seen the colors of the ocean change before my eyes as the clouds pass by. I’ve seen horses running wild on the road we’re driving on. I’ve seen majestic seas appear over a cliff from what seems to be out of no where. I’ve seen a freedom and laughter in my teenagers that I haven’t seen in quite sometime. I’ve heard my daughter belt out Christian songs as she packs her suitcase to return to the life of uncertainty that we left a week ago. I’ve taken time to appreciate the fact that 2 years ago, this trip would not have been possible, for many reasons. One being that there’s really not been much to do and Brielle would have been bored and miserable, even at the beach, but now she has enjoyed the week and also, doesn’t want to go home. Puerto Rico is also on lock down. Maybe even more so that Pennsylvania. Beaches are closed, local restaurants, tours, rentals and the island wide curfew 9pm-5am is also in effect. So while we have been listening to the waves crash right outside out windows all week, we are also living with a pandemic style vacation.
I’ve seen a lot this week. Oh, and those family pictures I mentioned. Ok, so we didn’t come to Puerto Rico FOR family pictures, but I did bring my big girl camera and when you have 2 beautiful teens for daughters and they ask for pictures on the beach, who am I to turn them away.
I’ve seen majestic (I seem to keep using that word, but it’s the only one I find that will do justice to what I’ve seen) sunsets, waves, clear water, pelican’s that dive bomb for food, my children’s smiles, laughter and togetherness. I’ve seen God here in Puerto Rico. I’ve seen His beauty everywhere I look. I hope you will see Him in some of these images, as well!