While we were driving to North Carolina today, we stopped at Patton's Run Overlook in the Nantahala National Forest. I took the family to a very scenic place we had never been to and taught them how to skip rocks for my "first."
This was a beautiful place. There was a running river, smooth rocks, beautiful trees, birds flying over the river, and God's glory on display. The kids have some kind of app on their I-Pods where they electronically skip rocks. To me, that's just no good if you don't know how to really skip a rock. They learned to select a slim, smooth stone and give it a sideways throw close to the water. Some learned better than others. Joel found an old (like all rusty and gunky old) pocketknife and said, "Watch this Dad, do you think I can skip this old knife?" I told him to try and he did and it skipped three times. Joel said that was a legendary skip. Hannah Grace managed to get 4 skips on one of her throws. Laura, well, Laura did not have any legendary skips.
The clear water rushing over the rocks made them very slippery and the water was really cold. Hannah Grace says she recommends being very careful on the rocks or you could slip down and get your overalls dirty. This ended up being a lot more fun than I thought it would.
When we got back in the car, Joel said this was one of his favorite "firsts" that I have done. As we drove, I asked them what that setting reminded them to praise God for. Joel said the clean water in the river reminded him that God gives us clean water to drink. He also added that if it were not for Him, we would not have been able to be there to skip rocks. Hannah Grace said it reminded her not to slip on rocks. Perhaps we could expand that to say we need to hold tightly to God's hand so we will not slip morally or spiritually. Laura said it reminded her that God created everything and made such beautiful things for us to enjoy.
Psalm 150:6- Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!
Praising God for the abundant life
3 things I thank God for today
1. Privilege to visit with family we don't see very often
2. Running rivers with clear water
3. Skipping rocks with the family