Is This Fun?
We don’t always agree on what will be fun.
Jeff and I were planning out our week in Maine for our 25th wedding anniversary last week. We asked friends for suggestions. We googled Top Things to Do in Maine. We even looked at old library books.
We agreed on most things. And when we didn’t agree, we tried to feign excitement for the other’s sake anyway.
Honestly, I wasn’t too excited about the land bridge.
At low tide in Acadia National Park, a natural land bridge appears. A path reveals itself out of the water to let you walk across from Bar Harbor, Maine, to Bar Island, normally only accessible by boat.
But you have to catch it at just the right time—no more than a maximum of 1.5 hours before and after low tide. Do it within that three-hour window, or don’t do it at all. If you don’t walk then, you’ll be swimming.
Jeff really wanted to. I made myself agree to.
When Opportunities Come
Opportunities come to us in many ways.
- Sometimes God whispers in our ear through someone else’s experience.
- Or he shows us a cool image and we’re curious to see more.
- Or he just surprises us out of nowhere with an open door.
Or he parts the waters with a land bridge.
Even when we aren’t particularly interested. Or perhaps a little tired. Or maybe even oddly worried.
I looked up the tide schedule for Bar Harbor. Our magic window would be between 2:45pm and 5:45pm.
We got there around 3:00pm. As we walked down to the water, we saw this sign.
And we walked forward.
The water that was between Bar Harbor and Bar Island was parting.
Like Moses, we were able to walk across on dry land.
And it was amazing.
Better than I expected. Cooler than I thought. We stayed for awhile on the little island, then walked back across, with plenty of time before the water closed over the land bridge again, as it does twice a day.
God doesn’t always part the waters for us when we’d like. The opportunities we want aren’t always available or visible.
But when he does make a bridge, maybe he wants us to walk across it.
- To accept the help when it’s offered.
- To be the friend when we’re asked.
- To show up for the experience he arranged.
He won’t leave us stranded.
When he says it’s time, let’s go.
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When have you been surprised by an experience? Do you tend to lean in to new things, or do you have to be coaxed like me? Please share in the comments.
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