A few months back a friend called me up, “Hey, you wanna go to Florida with me?” Well, I briefly thought about it and then we got busy booking flights and making reservations for an 11 day trip to sunny Anna Maria Island, Florida! Our itinerary consisted of beach time, reading, beach time, eating, and beach time. Before we knew it Ruthie and I were packed and ready to sink our toes in the sand!
Our first morning there we had this amazing view from our balcony. Rainbows and thunderstorms are such great reminders to me of God’s amazing power! I can’t help but be in awe seeing them together.
We did leave the condo a few times. Remember, we had it all planned out, relaxation was the name of the game. We ventured out to a few souvenir shops, checked out some RV campgrounds, and visited some places of my childhood memories. When in Florida one of my priorities is to have Key Lime Pie. I enjoyed every bite of this and probably had thoughts of licking the plate clean!
<Our beach chairs, sigh.
Staying on track with the itinerary! I read 3 books while we were there and was half way through #4. >
Pretty much every day we would get in a couple of miles walking on the beach. This particular time I was walking by myself. I was heading up the beach getting some steps in for my Fitbit and I came upon a single starfish laying on the beach. How cool is that! Well I of course had to take a picture of it. Earlier in the day I had been thinking about how blessed and thankful I was to be able to go to Florida. I was wondering if there was a reason God allowed me to take this trip. Was there a purpose? Well I got my Kodak moment shot of the starfish and went back on my way to getting my steps in. I continued walking further away from the Starfish and it hit me! I did not place it back in the water! I was kinda sorta feeling bad. Obviously not that bad because I did not turn around and rescue it. To appease my conscience I told myself that if the starfish was still there on my way back I would put it back in the Gulf. I have to admit that I am a task oriented person. I can be so focused on my “To Do’s” that I can miss out on life. Well I reached my turn around point, started heading back, and I never saw the starfish. While walking I remembered the story of the boy that was throwing starfish back into the ocean. The young boy was passionate for each of the starfish he was able to rescue and I missed the opportunity to save the life of only one. That was it! How many times do I miss seeing an opportunity to help someone because I am focused on my own personal tasks. I still feel bad to this day for not slowing down, focusing on what was going on and taking action. I try harder now to see the things that God puts in my path and not focus on myself or my list of things to accomplish. I’m sure I will still miss opportunities but I have this starfish that still to this day pops in my mind. God can use anything to speak to us!
Thanks Ruthie for thinking of me and inviting me on this fun and relaxing trip!