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Monday, August 23, 2010

Tasting Heaven

Clouds, low angle view

(Written on my first day of vacation, August 12.)

Today, I am tasting heaven. 

I am watching Anna and Abby wade in Lake Huron.  The sun is shining on them, and they are smiling and laughing.  They are getting their clothes wet, and I’m thinking to myself, I should really make them change into bathing suits.

But I let them play.

So what if they are getting wet.  So what if we are late for dinner.  I don’t want this moment to end.

I wish time would stand still.  I wish they would never grow up.  I wish they could stay innocent forever.

So I let them play some more.

I am tasting heaven, and it is so so sweet. 

Tomorrow may be hell, but today I am tasting heaven.

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Part of me wishes I was still sitting on Lake Huron.  It’s Monday, and I’m back in the office.  But I’m refreshed and in good spirits. 

I close my eyes, and I can still taste heaven.  I can hear the water.  I can hear their laughter.  And I can almost feel the breeze on my face.

Sometimes, when we need it most, God gives us a taste of heaven.  Even on a Monday.

Taste and see that the LORD is good.  Psalm 34:8

9 comments:

Laura said...

So glad you can still feel vacation today! Hope it lasts all day.

Great to have you back!

Graceful said...

So glad to see you back here, Susan! It sounds like you had a wonderful respite. Good luck at the office today.

Heidiopia said...

Welcome back! Glad your vacation refreshed you... hope "re-entry" is too harsh. :)

L.L. Barkat said...

"I am watching..."

yes, I want to be watching.

Marcus Goodyear said...

Ah. What I really want is to have a sense that I'm tasting heaven no matter what I'm doing.

I want my office to be a taste of heaven. My dinner with the family tonight. My lunch with my friend Joe. Leaving this commment.

Is that too much to hope for?

Susan DiMickele said...

Yes Marcus, I think God wants us to taste heaven every day. I'm not sure why I had to wait for vacation when most days He is smacking me right over the head!

Ann Kroeker said...

We usually vacation once a year at a family camp on Lake Huron. Unfortunately we had to miss this year because of a wedding.

So now I hankering for it all the more...this post is lovely. You and Laura Boggess are really awakening a longing in me to escape to the shores of a large body of water (Laura wrote about the Beach on Monday at High Calling Blogs).

Thank you for inviting us to linger with you.

Laura said...

Oh, this is so sweet! Tasting heaven--yes, that's what it feels like. I'm going to link this one up to my goodbye to summer post over at HCB, Susan. It's perfect.

Sam Van Eman said...

Susan, I often remind hikers to look up when they can. The tendency is to keep trail focused - which is safe, but it also keeps them from seeing the beauty around them.

And yet, I miss plenty of heaven keeping too trail-focused in the day to day.