River, River, River

This picture has absolutely nothing to do with this post, but I like the picture and this is my blog and I’ll post pictures if I want to!

You may have noticed it has been a while since I have written anything or you may not have noticed. I’m pretty excited when more than 10 people read this blog in a day. This summer has been crazier than most, but then again when does summer (or life for that matter) ever really slow down?

Because I am a learner (or an adrenaline junkie, you pick) I have picked up a new hobby, kayaking! I absolutely LOVE it. I taught kayaking at camp to a bunch of 11 and 12 year old girls a few years ago so I know the basic strokes and I am pretty comfortable in a boat, but that was in a dinky lake and this is on the river river river! Paddling on the river may be the most therapeutic thing for my psychotic non-stop brain. Almost everything disappears when I am going down the river and I LOVE it. Have I mentioned that I LOVE it? I’ve also started listening to banjo music on a semi-consistent basis; giving a whole new meaning to the phrase: “Paddle faster, I hear banjo music”

Basically what I’m saying is, if you have a boat, helmet, paddle, skirt, or PFD (that’s personal floatation device for all of you non-kayaking experts) that you’d like to give away, I’d be more than happy to take them off your hands. I’d also love to paddle with you sometime if you’re so inclined. Perhaps this will become the next facebook for paddling…OK, perhaps not, but if you know me and want to hit the river let me know!

I also almost definitely promise I’ll be back to a more regular writing schedule from here on out.

Manhatten, Canadian Owls and Clive Staples

Photo Credit: National Geographic

  • Did you know that there are glaciers the size of Manhatten?
  • Have you ever seen Killer Whales use a synchronized attack to drive a seal into the water?
  • Have you ever seen the life below the sea freeze in Antarctica?

What do these questions have to do with anything, you might ask (except to reveal once again that I am a nerd)? I recently watched a documentary on cold weather things: penguins, seals, killer whales, glaciers and the like. As someone who vehemently dislikes the cold – yet another example of God’s providence that I did not go to school in Boston, what was I thinking?!?! – I try to avoid all first-hand experiences of God’s glory in the cold. However, HOLY COW! this stuff is crazy. And by crazy I mean, “screams ‘There is a God and He is really creative, smart and has a sense of humor'” – I mean have you seen the face of a Canadian Arctic Owl? You’re welcome.

As my sister will tell you, I am not a hippie. (But she is and don’t let her convince you otherwise – just ask her to talk about dirt and rocks, but only if you have a few hours) I can only imagine how much more impressive nature is to those who understand it, but the cool thing is that “If you are thinking of becoming a Christian […] you are embarking on something which is going to take the whole of you, brains and all.” (Thanks again, Clive Staples Lewis) I mean, how great is it that we don’t have to dumb ourselves down to worship God, but the more we know and explore this world, the more fully we can worship Him?!?! Truth is always true. Even when we try to prove it wrong or don’t accept it or don’t know about it. You’re welcome, World, for that great piece of theological exposition.

If you’re struggling to trust God, wondering how He can possibly make your situation work out, or that He is good I encourage you to google anything about nature, the Arctic, desserts, etc. You will be amazed at God’s bigness (yes, that is now a word on this blog) and his incredible attention to detail of things that don’t even bear His image. Once again, I’m wrapping my mind around just how BIG God is. I’ll work on the other stuff in eternity when I can maybe gain some perspective after a few millenia (Is that the plural of millenium? It is now.)