Wednesday, May 14, 2008

More Beach Stuff

For those of you asking about dogs and beaches, from what I understand they're not allowed on about 95% of them. However, after a brief google search for dog friendly spots along Lake Michigan, I was delighted to find one about 15 minutes away (by car, unlike the last one, which was a 15 minute walk). Yee-haw.

So of course that is where we went last night.

More sniffing and licking and getting paws wet for Riley, who loved every second. We walked down along the water for quite a while, just enjoying each other, the lake, and our puppy. Josh even taught me (successfully!) how to skip stones.

And let me just tell you - it was beautiful. Both nights now - just pure and gorgeous and serene and wonderful all around. And since we're still in mid-May, it was both cool and mostly deserted. Perfect for a leisurely stroll.

There is just something about beauty in nature that turns my (often distracted) mind toward my Creator. I'm so thankful for glimpses of Him in the "rocks and trees" and "skies and seas." As I sat there tonight listening to the waves roll in, I grabbed a handful of sand and looked closely at it - the thousands of little grains in tans, blacks, and browns. And it hit me anew. As big and majestic as God is, He still knows about every grain of sand. Like hairs on my head. The little details of this world - and my life - don't escape Him. Incredible.

This is my Father's world, and to my listening ears

all nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.

This is my Father's world: I rest me in the thought

of rocks and trees, of skies and seas; his hand the wonders wrought.


sbaar said...

Oh, that sounds magnificent. I love, love, love the beach. But I suck at skipping stones.

Jaimbob said...

Hey homes! So I knew that your logo was based off of the UPS logo ... however I totally didn't realize that one of UPS's mottos was "what can brown do for you?" They came to a trademark expo the other week and handed out brown markers with that motto on it, and as I was reading your blog I realized the connection... ;) ... now what I would ever do with a random brown marker, I'm not really sure! :)

Dave and Jenni said...

OK, little tidbit. My Father's World is a beautiful song, but it's also on the girls' Praise Baby CD that I've heard a million times, so when I FIRST saw the lyrics, I started doing this little twitch as in SOMEBODY MAKE IT STOP.

BUT. It really was a beautiful thing to stop and wonder over the sweetness of His creation. What an imagination He has to make all of this come to life! And that song is a perfect example of what you were writing about. :)