Asher getting to build sandcastles with daddy and grandma...
Asher enjoying the beach to the fullest!!
Asher loving the waves and the water....
Sonny taking Asher from the trash-can sand to the beach...
Asher's first sand experience at the beach...
A few weekends ago our family got to go on a mini-vacation to Surfside beach with Sonny's parents for their 10th wedding anniversary. It was so beautiful (which is surprising for any beach in Texas) and we even learned another lesson about our relationship with the Lord and what He wants for us.
The beach house that we stayed at was right on the beach but you still had to walk a little to get to the water. We were so excited for Asher to see the beach for the first time and could not wait for his reaction. The funny thing was that right when we got to the start of the sand, which was a good distance away from the water, he did not want to leave. He was so enthralled with the sand that was right in front of him that it took him a little bit to trust Sonny as he wanted to take him to something better. We wanted to show him the whole ocean- with the waves and cool sand and seashells... we did not want him to just stay by the sand that was by the trash cans!! This was such a learning experience. How often are we like that with the Lord. He, as the perfect Father, wants to show us SO much- about Him, about what is really Good, and about what is really worth living for but often we are so stuck in the "sand by the trashcan" that we are not willing to follow Him to something better.
This experience really encouraged us to be more diligent to follow and trust the Lord and not be content with things that we think will satisfy. We need to really be seeking God and what He has for us and be willing to obey Him if He asks us to do something that is out of our comfort zone. It might be a little nerve racking or even frustrating to leave what we are currently being satisfied with to follow the Lord into unknown territory- but we have to know that it is worth it. Just like Israel when they left Egypt for the promised land. They had no actual idea of what the new land would be like.... they just knew that God was calling them to leave Egypt and trust Him for something better.
Asher ended up LOVING the waves and the sand that falls apart in your hand. He had a blast "building" sandcastles with his daddy and grandma. I was so glad that he got to experience that and I cannot even imagine how the Lord feels when we trust Him and He is able to let us experience wonderful things that only He can give.
The Lord told Moses as he was leading the new generation to the promised land:
Deuteronomy 2:2 "And the Lord spoke to me, saying: you have skirted this mountain long enough; turn northward (to take the people to the promised land)..."
The pictures above the post show our beach experience except they are in reverse order and I could not figure out how to change them...
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
I know that I have posted something similar to this earlier but Sonny and I feel like this was a huge lesson/encouragement to us and I wanted to share. A few weeks ago I took Asher to the doctor for a yucky cold. The nurse manager, who has been a wonderful friend of our family since I was in 3rd grade, said to me, "I am sorry Casi, but he looks just like his dad."
Of course she knew this would not make me the least bit sad since I think Sonny is super handsome, but when I told Sonny this story later in the day, He felt like the Lord really spoke to him. Sonny told me that it made him proud that Asher looked like him. You see, Sonny delights in his son and loves when people notice that Asher is his boy. Sonny realized that the Lord seems (in His word) to feel the same way about us. There are countless times in scripture, starting in Genesis, where God says that we are made in His image and also that He wants us to be conformed to the image of His Son. As a Father, it seems that the Lord takes joy in people noticing that we are like Him. He loves us and is proud of us- especially when people look at us and see Him.
This was such an encouragement to Sonny and I. I hope to make the Father smile by constantly growing in His image.
"So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them."