Sunday, July 12, 2015

Oh That First SWOOSH Into The Water!



That initial swoosh as I glide into the water. It gets me every time. My emotions well up and I quietly breath a thank you to God once again. Sometimes it is not so quiet and I say it loud and clear, "Oh my God, thank you!!" 

The gentle saltwater in my backyard swimming pool is my happy place. I move from one end to the other and find myself overwhelmed. Often that prayer shows itself as a deeply contented sigh as my hand touches the opposite end of the pretty pool. The sound of the waterfall as the water overflows the hot-tub and joins the pool combined with the cicadas, frogs, crickets and birds behind our home make it a gently noisy place. The kind of noise that can be a lullaby. 

My body relaxes. The muscles release their tightness and I am weightless for a time. What could be better when weightiness has become a distressing issue? I move from end to end over and over again until my heart is pounding, and then I go a few more times. Now it's time to float and look at the clouds or the stars above. 

Floating on my back, I marvel that I am not in a hotel pool worrying about who might be watching. I am in my own yard, in my own pool. This is surreal and delicious, still. My eyes scan the stone steps and the comfy lounge chair waiting for me. I watch the cascade of water and savor the music it makes dancing over rocks from hot tub to pool. 

And the best? The sweetest part? When Hubs calls later during his break at work, he will ask, "Did you swim?" I know that he will let out a contented sigh when he hears me answer yes. There is no jealousy or recriminations. On the contrary, he is happier when he knows I am enjoying our pool. Crazy huh? 

My happiness is his happiness. It has taken me a while to believe this. I used to greet him with my list of productive jobs I'd accomplished at home while he was at work. He'd shake his head and ask if I swam. I got the biggest smile on my swim days. 

This love. 

Thank you God for my husband and this kind of love. It is humbling and wonderful. I am thankful that you love me like this too. My delights delight you. My joys, big or small, bring you joy too. My tears hurt you, my fears bring out your compassion and gentle comfort. Thank you for seeing the best in me and for me. Thank you for loving me the way you do.

Last night as I slid through the water from one end to the other, I imagined myself swimming in your vast love and I suddenly remembered a picture you showed me once, years ago. I saw myself standing just ankle deep in the ocean waves and you invited me to come farther out, further into the water. I moved in deeper until the water was at my waist and you smiled and said, "But your feet are still touching the bottom, c'mon, come deeper until I sweep you off your feet. Will you trust me to do that? Will you let me overwhelm you with my love?" 

This love. Yes Father, yes I will. 


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21 comments:

  1. This is a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing it with us. God did a great thing when He found you this house. Blessings to you and yours.

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    1. It is blissful...for a while, then the wasps decide they like my pool too and I have to fight to keep my peace! Ha!

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  3. Oh I love this SO much. Thank you for taking us into that shimmering pool with you. I feel so refreshed and awed by what God has done for you and for us as well. And I really love that your hubs is so tender and concerned and joyful about your joy in enjoying that pool...like God...I love that thought. Wow. This was just plain good. Thank you. You made me smile today too.

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    1. Thanks so much Pam. Hubs is not a swimmer at all. He will get in once in a while, but this pool and his desire to find a house with one, is all about me. Such love!

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  4. Oh, how I enjoyed reading this Susie, I could relate to everything you said for I too am the recipient of the love of an amazing husband ... who has bought me a house with a pool. We will be there soon. It is so easy to imagine the swimming, the weightlessness, the immersion into the vast ocean of the love our Father. Such a blessing to me today! Thank you.

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    1. Yay for a house with a pool Jeannie! You will love it and savor every dip!

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  5. Beautiful pool! Thank you for sharing it with us!

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    1. You are welcome Miss Steph, thanks for coming by!

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  6. Hi Susie,
    What a sweet hubby! That is what selfless love looks like in the little things! Thank you for such a fun post! So glad I was your neighbor at #Reflect!
    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

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    1. Thank you Lori, planning to visit your blog too!

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  8. Such a beautiful picture. thank you for sharing your story with us. Stopping by from Reflect

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    1. Thanks for coming by Jann, I will be exploring more of your blog in coming days!

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  9. Oh BOY...wait until I come and Cannonball you! lol. Love this and am so happy and a teensy bit jealous...sorry, but God will fix that. Just so happy that you are enjoying His provision and your hubby is as well...so good.

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    1. I am familiar with the "bit of jealousy", it's not fun and dislike that this could cause it. Since I am on the causing end this time, let me tell you something that will help me next time I read something that causes it...There are always two sides to EVERY story. I am lonely and bored very often...and Red Wasps!! Almost every pool visit gets ended by my frustration with these guys. So see..Two sides to the story. :) I love you Dawn.

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  10. That is precious and what a joy to be blessed and encouraged by the love of your dear one longing to hear your contented sigh! Yay for you!
    Blessings!
    Dawn

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  11. This is just such a hopeful post. Ah...good things.

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