Saturday, July 16, 2011
Hubby and I just got back from a 1700 mile round trip!
This blog is about What I learned while on this whirlwind tour.
In June, the area around Carlsbad caverns suffered a wildfire. The mountains were scorched, all the vegetation gone. I could see the base of the mountains, the massive slabs of rock all perched together. These mountains intrigued me the entire trip, I could not stop looking at them. The different layers, the rough and smoothness and the colors. It reminded me of the many seasons in my weight loss journey. The thick layers were like the times when I refused to make any significant change in my lifestyle. The roughness and smoothness of the rock reminded me of the good and bad times everyone goes through while trying to find their way in this old world. And the colors reminded me of God. He is a masterpiece artist. The sky was a mix of blues with just the right amount of white fluffly clouds to set the perfect sky. The mountains had valleys and peaks-a reminder of the ups and downs we all have in our lives. But the base of those mountains seemed to speak to me, it is hard to describe in words what I was feeling on this trip. The haphazard placement of the rocks formed a perfect base for the massive mountians. My life has seemed haphazard at times, I lose my way, I search for the wrong kind of answers. I want a quick fix. Looking at the rocks placed just so and thinking about the earth processes that moved each boulder into place reminded me of God's power and presence in my life. The different colors of those rocks represent my many moods over the years...red when I was unhappy with myself, tans, browns and blacks are the colors I tend to wear to not draw attention to myself. (I wore coral and turquoise on this trip!) I am in a good place now with my self image, I owe God for helping me get over beating myself up at every turn. Don't get me wrong, I still have bad times when I talk ugly to myself, but I seem to catch it sooner and it doesn't last as long. I remember I am a child of God and He loves me and then I am able to stop that insane behavior.
I could feel God's presence on this trip, the natural wonders He created reminded me of the need for me to have a good base. As we drove along, He was formulating a plan within me, a plan of change, a plan of action." ...God is able to do far more than we could ever dare to ask or dream of..".~Eph 3:20
Yesterday was day one and I achieved what I set out to do: I stayed within my No S perimeters, drank 60+ ounces of water and I exercised a total of 60 minutes. I feel renewed with a new sense of purpose.
I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. ~1 Cor 10:31