Come with me!!

A day at the beach with one of my dearest friends, her two precious kiddos and my own two kiddos. A beautiful day, perfect weather and a lesson from The Lord.

That’s part of what happened and inspired this post.

Some back story. I’m not a huge fan of the beach. I LOVE looking at it, but… it’s dirty. The sand gets everywhere and it’s dirty. The water feels sticky and dirty. The sunblock makes the sand stick to me and it’s dirty. Basically, it’s dirty. For some reason, beach dirty grosses me out more than other kinds of dirty – no idea why. And I almost always get burnt no matter what I do! But… I digress. Despite the fact that I’m a “California girl”, I haven’t swam in the ocean in YEARS. I just don’t like to. I haven’t even been in the water past my knees in years. My kids don’t like to go in too deep- which is fine with me. My daughter will if my sister is with her, which means I don’t have to. I stand on shore and take pictures.

Today my bathing suit actually got wet thanks to this precious little girl.

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She knows me as “Auntie Alicia”, my kids refer to her parents as aunt and uncle. That’s how close of friends I am with her parents. She has my heart just as much as my own nieces do, but because of distance she doesn’t know me as well as my Stinky and Squishy know me. Today she was excited to be with me and The Lord used her to speak to my heart.

“Come here! Come with me!” she said with a contagious smile and an outstretched hand.

So I did.

I walked out into the water. And I got wet. And it was worth it.

The Lord reminded me that He is calling me to come with Him, like a popular worship song says- to the great unknown. In oceans deep. I can rest in His embrace, He has amazing plans!! He used the lyrics to a song, His creation and a beautiful little girl to remind me to take that step into the unknown… He is there with His hand outstretched telling me “Come here! Come with Me!!”

Here I come! Don’t let go!!

And I know He won’t.

Even when the water is deep and I can’t see my feet beneath the surface.

Even when the wind is beating the waves and I’m scared.

He is there, holding me. I’m safe in His arms. I have a fantastic journey ahead of me. It’s┬ástarting now… I’ve seen it! It’s not all going to be fun or easy, but I know that my Faith will be made stronger through all of it and I will come out with a smile on my face and peace in my heart!!

Words stuck in my head. The outstretched hand of a beautiful little girl. An ocean. Those are the things The Lord used to remind me of His calling on my life. Those are the things The Lord used to remind me that I need to just keep putting one foot in front of the other, to keep following Him even when I can’t see where He is taking me. Trust. I trust Him.

Hillsong UNITED Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)

About Alicia

Alicia is a Jesus loving, homeschooling, mini-van driving, food loving, gluten-free-cuz-I-have-to-be, fun loving, choir mamaing, bike riding, So Cal born and raised solo mama to 2 amazing kiddos with 3 cats, a ginormous dog and the 2 cutest nieces ever! She had a deep passion for cooking and baking that left with her Celiac disease diagnosis in 2013, but has now returned as she experiments with and tests recipes to make them delicious and enjoyable even without the gluten! You can find all sorts of random thoughts, ideas and whatever else pops into her completely random mind right here at Big Black Trash Bag!
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