Saturday, September 17, 2011

Desire of My Heart - With a Twist

God has such a funny sense of humor.  I think He just smiles when He looks down from Heaven & surprises people.... like me.  I just realized this past week that God has given me the desire of my heart - with a twist.

The desire of my heart has always been to live on a lake.  Not the ocean, a lake.  I love the sound of the water lapping the shoreline.  It is so incredibly soothing to me.  A little over ten years ago, I took a little camping trip, all by myself and ended up along the shores of Lake Erie.  I spent those few days, in prayer & contemplation.  It was the most relaxing & comforting time I can remember.  I collected cobblestones along the shoreline & now have a bowl of them in my bedroom.  Whenever I need that incredible peace & comfort, I hold those stones & it takes me right back to that moment in time. 

Anyhow, in the past few years whenever I've walked the shores of a lake, I get this twist in my heart & I send up a prayer that let's God know that this is still a 'desire of my heart'.  Recently - in the past year, it's gotten even more 'urgent', to the point of driving near a lake & seeing the clouds or sun on the water almost make me want to cry.  It's so beautiful & I long to relax by the water & hear it.

Little did I realize how God would answer my prayer.  No, we're not moving, no we did not buy lakefront property.  Do you recall how I mentioned that we'd been given an above ground pool?  We just had to move it - which we did.  About 3 days ago, it was finally filled to the correct level.  I was sitting on the patio and looking at the sun reflecting off the wind-rippled water.... and it hit me..... God gave me the desire of my heart - only with a twist ('cause He's a funny guy & loves to make His children smile).  I didn't need to have a spot on a lake (although that would be nice too) to feel that peace & relaxation - I just needed to see water rippling & hear it lapping.  He knew that a pool would work for me.  That I would be just as blessed and happy & thankful with a small 'body of water'.  And I am.

What twisted-desire of your heart has God blessed you with lately?

Bye!  Love you!  Have a good day, Dear!


  1. Aw. That is sweet. You know. I live near the Chesapeake Bay. Like, it's at the end of my street. I probably won't ever be able to have bay front property, but living where I can go outside and hear it, smell it, walk a few steps to see it, and to the end of the block to enjoy it, seems to be enough for me. Perhaps that is my small twist.
    I would still hope for the lake front property some day though. Never hurts to dream.

  2. Well that is a pretty neat way to look at it. With that attitude, you'll always be happy and thankful.

  3. I always say careful what you wish for, you may get it :) I'm glad you got what you wanted, even if it was packaged differently than you expected. Hopefully you'll still have some time to enjoy the pool before you take it down for winter. I to dream of a lake house, maybe one of these days. I know a pool isn't in our future!

  4. I have always wanted to live by a lake too! In a nice cabin. Being near water has always had a calming effect on me.

    We did have a few ornamental ponds in my back yard and that was enough to somewhat satisfy my urge to be near water but when my baby granddaughter was born, I was afraid she would fall in so we filled the ponds in. Sigh...


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