Oh gosh, here it is a whole WEEK since I've gotten home from Lake Tahoe and I haven't even posted about our last full day there!! I don't know, the older I get the more time seems to get away from me! Well, let's play a little bit of "catch up" then!
As I think back to our trip with my sister and her family I can't help but feeling extremely thankful. I love my sister deeply and I have such admiration for the woman of God she has become. I see Christ continuing to refine her character as His loving hand of mercy touches her and her family. I'm so thankful that the Lord allowed us to spend this special time together. I'm thankful too that all of the many personalities in our two families "fit together" easily. Now, I'm not saying that "everything" was peaches & cream; we are all only human after all, but for the great majority of time we did truly enjoy each others company. I hope that we will have many opportunities in the future to share vacations together because I think we "wear well" together.
Because my sister's family tends to get a later start on the day than we are used to and because Saturday was to be our last full day on the lake before we headed home on Sunday I decided to set my alarm clock really early and get up before sunrise to take a hike around Spooner Lake. I figured I could be done and back home before everybody else was even up out of bed. Anthony and Justin decided to join me in my early morning adventure and BOY were we ever rewarded with some spectacular sights!
We got to Spooner Lake just as the sun was rising. It was still very brisk; you could see your breath. In fact, even the lake seemed to be "breathing!" As we rounded the corner and the lake came into sight the mist was rising off of it. All was hushed and still except for the whispered breath of this beautiful little lake....but words don't really do it justice.....take a look at this wonderous sight that greeted us that morning:
I love the way the touch of the sun can transform the ordinary into extraordinary. It reminds me of the way the touch of God's Son transforms our not just ordinary but even lost and broken lives into lives of extraordinary meaning, beauty and goodness.
There is nothing unimportant in His kingdom! Even a simple blade of grass has the power to tune a heart toward worship of the creator.
Arriving early at the lake allowed us to see so many wild creatures. I could not help but think of Psalm 148 as we made our way around the lake, "Praise him sun and moon and shining stars, praise him you mountains and hills and wild animals, small creatures and wild birds. Let them praise the name of the Lord for his splendor is above all the earth. Amen."
It was a glorious start to a wonderful day!!
The balance of our day was spent playing on the beach at Lake Tahoe. The boys got in their last rides on the wave runners and their last trip to the coves in the kayak. Thank you Uncle Mike and Auntie Pooh for a very special week! And thank you Lord for creating such a magical place, where your beauty abounds and your love and mercy are tangible. Farewell my beloved lake.....until we meet again!