Anchored In The Lord And At Rest

PSALM 24

"The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness,
The world and those who dwell therein.
For He has founded it upon the seas,
And established it upon the waters.

Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?
Or who may stand in His holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,
Nor sworn deceitfully.

 He shall receive blessing from the Lord,
And righteousness from the God of his salvation.
This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him,
Who seek Your face. Selah

Lift up your heads, O you gates!
And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
The Lord mighty in battle.

Lift up your heads, O you gates!
Lift up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts,
He is the King of glory."

Are you anchored in the Lord and at rest in your world?  Do the storms of life rock you, or seem to pull you under?  Do you live your life adventure by adventure.....or safely within your own walls?  

I have been blessed to be in the Dominican Republic this week.  Today is day 4 of 8, and I am enjoying my time here immensely.  Yesterday, I had the pleasure of a catamaran trip and snorkeling.  It was so much fun!  I've included video of my experience in this blog.  

What I want to share with you, and challenge you with, is the perspective it gave me.  Riding out to the coral reef on the catamaran was beautiful.  It was a little cloudy, and storm clouds were near, but the view was breathtaking.  Mostly, all the people onboard were quiet and taking it in. Some expressed concern about the clouds.

We arrived at our snorkeling spot, and to my surprise, very few people chose to go in.  I was the first to get in the water......!  I couldn't wait to try filming with my GoPro!  As soon as I went under, I was engulfed by the beauty.  It wasn't grey like it was above the water.  Instead, the ocean grass was vivid green, and the feeling of absolute peace engulfed me. 

I felt the world above melt away and slowly began swimming toward the coral reef areas.  Wow!  So different than above the water!  Such peace and tranquility there.  I didn't want to come up at all. 

The fish weren't as plentiful as I have experienced on other snorkeling adventures, but that kind of made it like a treasure hunt.  The little fish that I did see were happy, frolicking among the coral.  They were also in no hurry.  Neither was I.  They would come out and take a look at me, and then swim back into the protection of the coral.  

There were so many different types of little fish playing together.  They clearly didn't have to all look alike to be friends.  It was so sweet to observe.  Imagine living all the time in a peaceful world where you can have friends of all types.  

I kind of felt bad for the people who didn't choose to take part in the adventure....for a second.  My fellow adventurers, there were 8 of us, would silently point to areas where we saw fish.  We formed a camaraderie without using any spoken words.  I was so thankful to be a part of it.  

Once back onboard the catamaran, we kept up our camaraderie, only now with words.  There was the young married couple from San Diego.  The two nurses from Virginia and Ohio.  The couple from Atlanta who were celebrating their 25 anniversary, myself, and the guide from Punta Cana.  We talked and laughed like we had been friends for a very long time.  

Although we were all very different, we were touched by seeing our little fishy friends playing together.  The ride back to the shore was much different.  Music played, we danced and enjoyed each other's company.  Then slowly the others joined in.  Interesting.....

The feeling of peace and tranquility stayed with the 8 of us.  Several commented on it.  I reveled in it!  I love taking in life 3-dimensionally, peacefully...unhurried.  Enjoying each minute of each day has become very important to me.  I want to value my days.  I want to value others.  My desire is to savor this life I am blessed with.

Another important daily activity for me is to love my neighbors.  Jesus said to do this.  He also said to love God wholeheartedly right before this.  "And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31)  I do this by encouraging, thanking, appreciating, and celebrating people and this gift of life!  How about you?  

Are you able to love all kinds of people?  Are you able to see neighbors, not skin color?  Are you able to see neighbors, not political viewpoints?  Are you able to see neighbors, not job titles?  Are you able to see neighbors, not bank accounts?  Are you able to see neighbors, not religious preferences?  

When we are anchored in the Lord and at rest, we have a peace within us that emanates outward.  You and I can appreciate differences without feeling threatened.  God is over all.  He is chief judge, juror and jailer....not you and definitely not me.  If God can have a heart that longs for ALL to come to Him, then can't we?  Peter says, "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:9)

So, my questions for you and I are these......  

     *To what are you tied to...i.e. anchored?

     *Is there room in your heart to love your neighbor...?

     *Do you enjoy and embrace differences in people?

As I finish this post, I encourage you to think about your own life, and how these questions pertain to your life.  Feel free to share your comments.  They are welcomed and desired from our behalf.  Visit our website at www.LoveLife2Day.com.  Have a great day!