One of the many things I love about living in CDA would have to be the numerous outdoor activities. My number one favorite activity would have to swimming. There are so many cool swimming spots and I think I have spent more time at the beach in the last four or five years combine. It definitely helps when its less then 20 minutes from your house.
The thing is everywhere you swim here the view is gorgeous. It is the lake with a rolling hill/mountian back drop. But when I was swimming with a friend I found myself starting constantly facing toward the shore instead of looking at the view. It kind of bothered me so I made more of an effort to take in all the view had to offer. But it really sunk in when I was by myself swimming in a little alcove of Tubbs Hill all by myself that I was still almost always facing the shoreline.
This obviously peaked my interest. The first time I noticed I wrote it off as people watching but this time there weren’t any people to watch. Yet I still found myself staring at the shoreline. Why was it so hard to just turn around 180 degrees and take in the view. The more I thought about it the more I just figured it was our instincts as humans. We were not created to live in the water, we can’t swim forever. So we need to keep our eyes fixed on what is safe. We need to know exactly how far the shore is incase something goes wrong or we get tired. My natural instinct is safety.
That to me is a huge problem. If I am naturally wired to look for safety how am I able to take my eyes of the shore long enough to pursue the beauty that God has for my life. How am I able to go deeper until I can’t see the shore line.
Some would say that this move pushed me past where I could see the shoreline. I don’t think thats true. I still see it and crave the comfort of my past relationships and my family. But I have to choose to keep going, to go deeper then ever before. To trust the very thing spoken over this season of my life. I will never leave you.
Are you able to push past the shore sighted behavior and persue the very thing God has so beautifully created for you?
3 thoughts on “Shore Sighted”
I love how you’ve taken an experience and looked at it on a deeper level than thinking, ‘oh, it’s just a curiosity’.
The time I devote to reading / writing is because He is always whispering in my ear and reminding me that this is where I will find His work and His beauty. Your blog writing is one such example !
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Ashley – very interesting title. Shore sighted.. almost like short sighted. Can’t wait for you next insight. Love you and miss you🏝🏔💙
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By definition safety is the condition of being protected from or unlikely to cause danger, risk, or injury. Risk by definition says a situation involving exposing to possible danger. Could potentially end in danger harm or a loss. As with anything we have to look at a benefit risk ratio. do the benefits of taking the risk outweigh the costs. So if we look at our journey with heavenly Father aren’t we protected? So does the risk lies in doing what he wants us to do. Is our resistance is due to the fact that we are human with all that goes with it. So I wonder if we find safety in our relationship with heavenly father, why is it hard to do the things that he wants us to do.