On our journey, I believe Jesus desires us to be our authentic, child-of-God selves.
Welcome to my blog!
This is a new experience for me. So you will have to help me along the way. I don’t do blogs!!!! But you know what? It’s part of the journey. And here I am, writing a blog. My friend Pascale, who designed my beautiful web site told me I had to. Thank you, Pascale for the beauty you create at your computer every day.
Saturday, I read an article in the Miami Herald about Diana Nyad who attempted, at the age of 62 to swim from Key West to Cuba. She didn’t make this decision lightly. She had to get sponsors, obtain a visa to enter Cuba, form a team, practice for hours and hours, and keep believing that she could swim 100 miles. She went on national television before the event, talking about this being the dream of a life-time. No shark tanks for her. She wanted to swim unencumbered.
But after 29 hours in the water, she couldn’t go any further. An asthma attack and other unplanned experiences caused her to climb back into the boat and give up a dream.
I admire that kind of courage. I admire her ability to dream. I admire her audacity to attempt. I admire her physical stamina. And I admire her courage to get out of the water. What a journey. As Shoer Roth wrote, “To me, that’s her real victory, her gold medal - not reaching the finish line.” I agree. Her journey began long ago when her parents signed her up for her first swim lessons. And not only that, she’s still on her journey. It’s taken a few twists and turns but it’s not over. Who knows what surprises are in her future. And she blessed me – someone she has never heard of.
And that’s the power of the journeys of faith we are on. It’s all a journey - the good, the bad, the ugly, and the beautiful. I hope you join me on the journey and let others know, how Jesus breaks into your life and blesses you at the unexpected times and in unexpected places through unexpected people. Because, without a doubt, that’s what Jesus does. When he offers his peace in the middle of the oceans of our lives, we discover whether or not it’s time to keep swimming or if it’s time to get into the boat. Either way, he loves us and calls us “Daughter.”
If you share your stories, we’ll all be a bit richer because we’re on the journey together.
Ruth Vander Zee
Author of WOMAN MEETS JESUS
Journey of Faith