Every Friday, I join an online Christian writing community, Five Minute Friday.
We are given a one-word prompt and write – unscripted, unedited, pure free-write – for 5 minutes. The prompt this week is VIEW.
I’ve gone on a little holiday.
I took a train up to Ayr, to join my sister and her family for a week, staying in a couple of caravans right next to the beach.
This is Scotland and this week the weather is cool, with dramatic shifts of sunshine, showers, storms and sun-bursts again and again. The children love it despite the weather, as there are many activities to enjoy.
But the beach – that is what I love!
I took two of the children off to explore the coastline, believing there to be a castle somewhere nearby, but not knowing if we could reach it along the beach, or if it was in walking distance. But the children were game for the adventure.
Armed with sunglasses, raincoats and carrier bags for treasure, we set off towards the beach and our adventure…
It was slow going towards the first headland, because they decided to hunt and collect ‘sea-glass’.
As soon as I was drafted into the search, I got distracted by my own passion for pretty coloured stones… My focus moved from dancing under the wide expanse of sky, to scouring the sands and drifts for treasure.
Finally we rounded the headland and whooped, as there in the distance, at the next headland, was the ‘castle’ we’d hoped to find. There were still several minor obstacles and a whole load of beached jelly-fish, but we reached the castle rock and imagined the possible stories told through the generations of history of 16th Century Greenan Castle.
Pushing them to their limits, I persuaded them it was good to climb up to get a closer look, since we had come so far; brambles and nettles tried to deter us, reminiscent of the tale of ‘sleeping beauty’, but we reached the top and were immediately silenced by the beautiful views.
The view made the destination more than worthwhile, though the adventure itself was such fun and a memorable afternoon out.
There’s more than one lesson in that!
The journey of life itself can be explored as an exciting adventure.
Push through to your destination, despite the obstacles and don’t give up.
The nearer you lean towards God’s heart, the closer you get to His perspective – and from heaven’s perspective, the view is amazingly all-encompassing and glorious.
I want to enjoy all of my life’s adventure from a heavenly perspective. Do you?