When worship is a kayak

Our new kayaks ready for the maiden voyage!

It was everything I’d hoped for. And between you and me, I’d built it up like crazy. For the past nine months—ever since posting a blog about my craving to purchase a kayak —the thought of being on the water seemed like the logical answer to any stressor. Not an answer, mind you. THE answer, without question.

Then today it happened: two kayaks actually  belonging to us pushed off from shore, and suddenly my husband and I were in the midst of everything beautiful.That’s how I felt, anyway. No more spectating from afar, no siree. Waves rippling, fish jumping, herons soaring—we were now up close and personal, practically part of them. And it was cool. Really, really cool.

My view as Bill paddled ahead of me.

As Bill paddled ahead of me (he craves exercise; I do not understand this), the peace of God washed over me. His goodness, realized in this simple, picturesque setting, was overwhelming. I was close to grateful tears. Why? Not sure. But before I’d rounded the first bend of that bayou, prayers of thanks flooded my head: God’s love (it’s so BIG); His forgiveness (it’s so PERMANENT); and His faithfulness (it’s so REASSURING) were as real to me as a blue April sky .

Then it hit me: This desire for a kayak didn’t come from me. It wasn’t a hankering for fun or a distraction from stress. For almost a year, the Lord Himself had steadily called me to these waters. He was inviting me for one reason: life-giving, God-honoring worship. And it was good. Really, really good.

The scenery on our first kayak excursion was breathtaking!

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“The LORD is a great God and a great King above all gods, in whose hand are the depths of the earth. . . . The sea is His, for it was He who made it, and His hands formed the dry land. Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker, for He is our God.” Psalm 95:3-7

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Want to check out my first kayak post from nine months ago? Here you go: https://worthydaughters.wordpress.com/2016/06/20/a-nap-is-not-a-kayak/

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