I wish it had been captured on video. Three of us, hurling through the air at top speed. It happened so fast. The toppling of the tube, and the helpless feeling of air rushing around me. Then suddenly – WHAM.
Something stings the right side of my face. Water swirls around me, and all I can think of is how much my face hurts.
Quickly the force of the flotation pulls me up to the surface, and I hear the girls… “Are you okay?” I guess my hands were instinctively covering my face, and they were worried I had been badly hurt, or crying.
I remove my hands and look at my palms. No blood. I blink a few times, and look up to see five sets of eyes on me.
“I’m fine!” I exclaim. “Although my face hurts a bit.”
“Yea, it looks pretty red on the right side,” Laura points out. All I can do is laugh.
“Did anyone get that on video?” The three of us look at each other, life jackets bobbing in the water..
“No, but I wish they did!!” Laughter again.
My heart feels so full, it might just burst.
This summer has been the “live life to the fullest – relish in the beauty of BC – count every blessing – enjoy every moment – be all there” kind of summer I had hoped for.
Right now as we anticipate moving soon, I have mixed feelings of nervousness and excitement as we anticipate our new life in the Philippines, yet also wrestling with a feeling of unsureness as I recognize all the wonderful blessings our life has here in Canada, and what we’ll be missing as we plan to be gone for the next two years. But as sure as I am that I will miss my family and friends and life here in Canada, I’m also sure that God has called us to the field, and knowing this brings about peace. And I’m thankful He’s given us so many blessings, and a spirit of living life to the fullest this summer.
My face still hurts.
How’s your summer been?
*graphic from Abby Hyslop's print shop.