Ok, now we’re really back, and ready to stay put for awhile.
We both had a lot of fun in DC (including a crazy spicy tasty Thai dinner at Little Serow, a day trip out to Mount Vernon, some Dark & Stormys, and lots of good family time – mostly over food and drink). And while C had to take the Amtrak back home on Sunday, I headed south with my parents to continue the fun in the Outer Banks. A goodly portion (although only 18 of us, so by no means everyone) of my dad’s family spent the week – or half the week in my case – at a “little” house on the ocean in Buxton, NC. We enjoyed lots of time on the beach and in the ocean, but also found time for exploring the OBX by foot and by car, reading on the porch and in the hot tub, board game playing, cooking, eating, and (of course) lots of talking.
My drive home was L.O.N.G. (8 hours) – but the time went quickly as I passed through gorgeous scenery (including the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, which I was halfway across when my beloved Camry hit 150K miles) and guzzled unsweet tea.
Our first morning on the Outer Banks, my uncle read Psalm 19 for the group. It was a fitting way to begin a week surrounded by so much natural beauty:
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
6 It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is deprived of its warmth.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is pure,
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
and all of them are righteous.
10 They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the honeycomb.
11 By them your servant is warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
12 But who can discern their own errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
innocent of great transgression.
14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Verses 4 -6 have remained at the front of my mind throughout the week – perhaps because of the stunning (willing-to-get-out-of-bed-at-5:45-AM-to-see-it) sunrise and the equally jaw-dropping (had-to-pull-off-the-road-because-I-kept-trying-to-see-it-while-driving) sunset I saw while down in NC – not to mention the fact that I loved the chance to soak up the sun while laying on the beach each morning and afternoon. It’s of course a little easier to remember that nothing is deprived of the sun’s warmth in June than it is in December, but I do love this image of God’s provision for us, and the reminder that nothing is out of His reach, that His glory is always present and visible no matter where you find yourself in this world.
Hope you get to enjoy some sunshine this weekend!