Zipping Along…

God has done great things for us.
From Psalm 126:2

Road construction surrounds us in every direction both nearby and faraway. As a result, my husband and I drove the “scenic route” when we returned home from Wisconsin a few weeks ago. Since Mike enjoys the drive, I contented myself with the beautiful autumn colors which graced the roadside. Along the way, we passed a zip-lining site. The lines and platforms stretched amidst a forest of trees for what seemed at least a mile. My view from the car indicated that those trees were the best of the scenery a rider would enjoy.

Though I don’t mean to be a “zip-lining snob”, I think I’ve become one. Five years ago, while visiting Alaska, my husband and I enjoyed an excursion in Icy Straight Point. It was there that we took advantage of the ingenuity of the Hoonah Tribe. These Native Alaskans operate the world’s longest zip-rider. For reasons unknown to me, Mike and I found the courage to take that zip-rider from the side of a mountain hundreds of feet above ground to enjoy the most amazing experience of our lives. For the entire duration of the ride, I repeated two phrases: “This is awesome!” and “Thank you, God, for giving me the courage to do this!” I recall that I smiled all the while.

When I looked back toward that roadside zip-line, I acknowledged that it paled in comparison to my Alaskan experience. Still, I wondered if I should give it a chance. After all, I’m the one who finds an adventure every time I walk my neighborhood. Every new day brings me a new perspective regarding the greenery I pass along the way. Perhaps those trees will provide their own wonderful soul-changing experience. With that, I turned to my husband to suggest that we may want to zip-line locally next time.

Generous God, thank you for showing yourself to me in all of the wonders of this world.

©2018 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

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I was hard pressed and was falling,
but the Lord helped me.
My strength and my courage is in the Lord…

Psalm 118:13-14

As I finished the dishes, I gazed out the window. I noticed a little bird perched at a hole in our bird house. My feathered friend peered through that hole several times, but didn’t enter. I wondered if he was debating whether or not to move in. This bird house is a welcomed replacement to our old one which the squirrels had transformed into a tenement. isn’t in the best of shape. They’d gnawed at some of the holes and made them large enough to poke in and takeover our alleged avian haven. That little bird seemed wise not to jump in until he was certain that the squirrels hadn’t once again demonstrated their handiwork.

I stepped away from the window to dry the dishes I’d washed. When I returned, I looked to see if that bird persisted in his indecision. To my amazement, he was sitting in the bird house peeking out. I watched for several minutes as his head disappeared and reappeared over and over again. Apparently, he’d found his new digs to be suitable after all.

Sometimes, I question new opportunities as well. I peek in to investigate, but my feet stay planted in place. I’m not as courageous as that little bird who took that leap of faith and found himself a new home. So it is that I look upward in my uncertainty. There I find our loving God who promises always to light my way.

Generous God, give me the courage to embrace the opportunity at hand. Help me to make the most of my digs here until I occupy my perfect home with you.

©2018 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

God’s Great Gifts

Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with rejoicing.
Then they said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for us;
we are glad indeed.”

Psalm 126:2

While finalizing what we would like to do during our “driving get-away”, I went online in search of nearby zip-lining. Two years ago, while visiting Alaska, we stopped in Icy Straight Point. It was there that my husband and I took advantage of the ingenuity of the Hoonah Tribe. These Native Alaskans operate the world’s longest zip-rider. For reasons unknown to me, Mike and I found the courage to ride hundreds of feet above ground to enjoy the most amazing experience of our lives. For the duration of the ride, I repeated two phrases: “This is awesome!” and “Thank you, God, for giving me the courage to do this!” I recall that I smiled the entire time.

As I perused the webpages of various zip-lining companies, their offerings paled in comparison to my Alaskan experience. I wondered if I should give them a chance or if I should hang on to that wonderful soul-changing experience which took my breath away. Perhaps I should stop while I am ahead. After all, nothing can compare to the amazing view I enjoyed from that vantage point. More importantly, nothing can replace my conviction that I rode in the palm of Someone’s hand all the while.

I think I’ll tell Mike that we’ll move onto to something else…

Generous God, I will forever be filled laughter and rejoicing with regard to that AWESOME experience. Guide me as I continue to strive to experience you in the wonder of this world.

©2015 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved