You know that the next straw will be the one that breaks the camel's back.
That thought that if you don't get quiet NOW you will be taken away in a straight jacket foaming at the mouth.
That was me by the end of last week. I am an introvert and too much noise, movement and people around me drains me. I often NEED mini breaks in quiet places to remain sane. I was becoming moody and snappy. Fortunate for me...my man knows me well. On Saturday afternoon we booked into a wood cabin on the rocks at Storms River mouth. I could settle down and see the beauty around me once again.
#71 ~ A wooden log cabin on the coast
#72 ~ Beautiful views of God's creation. ( for the past more than a week the coastal area from Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay is experiencing red tide....hence the murky water)
#73 ~ Spectacular sunset on our first night away.
#74 ~ Waking to the sound of crashing waves.
I don't know about you...but there is nowhere where I feel quite as close to God as in nature. I can sit for hours and just look at the ever changing sea. I marvel that something so wild and so restless can have such a calming effect.
#75 ~ Nature...medicine for my soul.
#76 ~ Amazing texture in twisty branches.
#77 ~ The beauty of a tree that has fallen over and just went right on growing. It reminds me so much of humankind and the knock we can take...and ultimately He holds everything together and makes it works together for the good of those whole love Him.
#78 ~ Man made hanging bridge to cross the river.
#79 ~ the ability to experience adventure and see beauty
#80 ~ Waves crashing onto a pebble beach.
#81 ~ The sound of crushing and grinding of pebbles as each wave crashes
#82 ~ Sitting for a good hour on the pebble beach just talking
#83 ~ The beauty of stacked pebbles framed in driftwood.
#84 ~ This man's ability to always make me laugh out loud.
#85 ~ A winding boardwalk among indigenous forest.
#86 ~ Fern leaves softly unfurling.
#87 ~ A painting by the Creator for us to enjoy.
#88 ~ Watching dassies (rock hyrax) sunning themselves.
#89 ~ Our final sunset.
...and then sitting outside in the pitch dark and looking up at the beauty of the stars.
#90 ~ The beauty of the galaxy on a pitch black night...makes me think of the words from the song "Indescribable" :Indescribable, uncontainable,You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name. You are amazing God. All powerful, untameable, Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim...You are amazing God
#91 ~ Something ugly in the day....made beautiful in the night. Because of the red tide the phosphor in the water became a spectacular show of electric blue luminance...in awe we watched this wonderful display of nature. The photo above is the best I could do as I didn't have my tripod with me. I want to share a photo taken by a photographer named Marius that shows just how spectacular this is.
#92 ~ Waking up in total peace...with just the sound of breaking waves and the call of seagulls on my 53rd birthday.
I cannot begin to tell you how much my life is enriched and how much joy I receive by seeing and naming the things that makes me grateful to be alive. The things that I count as graces and gifts given by the Lord. I challenge you to start seeing Him in your every day life.