Checking on the Gulf

Redding Beach June 2010I had to go see the Gulf this weekend.  I felt compelled.

We went to Reddington Beach to watch the sunset.  I dipped my toes in the water, it was clean and clear and warm.

The sun was a beautiful orange ball, peeking through the clouds.  A sailboat on the horizon drifted silently through the golden beams.  Two pelicans skimmed inches above the water in perfect tandem.  A diving bird hovered in the sky, then dropped straight into the water after its prey.  A man fished from the shore, while a hungry pelican watched from a distance, hoping for an offering.  Families splashed happily in the water, children built sand castles, teens played volleyball in the sand.  Other couples gathered, like us, not dressed for the beach, but coming to see the sunset.  The softening beams cast a warm glow on our faces.

We had gone to a wedding earlier that day.  The minister encouraged the couple to ‘understand what feeds your mate’s soul.’   My husband understands that this is what feeds mine.  And I had to see it, to take it in, in case it changes forever, as it already has for so many.

As we left the beach and crossed the drawbridge over the intercoastal, the sun was a bright red ball in the rear view mirror, a final display of color as it dipped into the water.  It was a beautiful evening.

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” (Psalm 19:1)

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