Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Journey: Contentment

Trees surround us. My friend Christina stops along a worn path beside me and leans against her family's car. She seems peaceful, blind to the heat . Isn't she thirsty like me? Being invited by her family to see the Redwood Forest was an honor until I realized we forgot to bring water.

"You doing OK, Ashley? You seem quiet.. did you have fun today?" Turning around, Christina's mom, Viviana, is grinning. I want to be diplomatic but ... my need for water ...overpowers me . . ignoring her question, I ask".. Is there a drinking fountain somewhere?" "Every fountain we have passed isn't working," she replies," You know....Sweetie ,YOU NEED TO ENJOY THE MOMENT, you're at a beautiful park and besides, we're about to leave." Christina opens her family's car door. I follow getting inside after her, assessing Viviana's words.

Ive been ignorant.. God, who created a beautiful forest for viewing pleasure also created cool water for vitality. He is faithful .. Pinks, oranges, yellows, and reds race past our car window... Taking us closer to a glass of water. I lay back against my pillow, and except Viviana's suggestion to "enjoy the moment". This is contentment's journey. My journey. Our journey

During every given season in our lives two aspect are operating.....1 The beautiful now moments and 2 a thirst for something we are wanting... What is being content? Realizing that He who made the national park moments also made the water you will drink tomorrow. So don't fear ..relax and enjoy because God is always good and faithful to his word! Philippians 4:11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.