I’ve had this weekend circled on my calendar since Labor Day. It’s been awhile since we’ve been up here, by the lake, in the early fall. The past few years, we’ve been able to come up only after football season was finished and even then it was for a short two-day weekend, not the longer three-day weekend that Columbus Day brings.
Last year, it was W, O, Ivy, and I for fall cleanup, the year before in ’14 we all of us left on early Saturday afternoon (after football practice) and only had Sunday to work, and in 13’ I came by myself.
I’ve been searching back in my memory and the cottage guest book and it’s been a long time since we’ve been Up North at this time in the year.
B and I reminisced on our way out of town Friday evening as the sunset in the rearview mirror about our trip in ’96. It was BK – before kids – her parents met us and we had a great time. We drove through the countryside looking at the fall color and we did some yard work, but I remember the deep breaths I was able take by the lake. It does that for me, the lake helps me relax and refocus.
This morning Ivy woke me begging to go outside. I let her out, pressed the brew button on the coffee maker, and settled in on the chair facing the lake. The sun was beginning to rise and the trees on the far shore were lit up for a brief moment before the clouds rolled in from the west.
I turned my attention to my morning ritual – a cup of coffee and time reflect with My Daily Bread. Today’s devotional was “The Drinkable Book.” It made me think why Up North and being up by the lake was such a powerful force for B and I.
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4: 13-14
It’s not the lake but the water. H2O – dihydrogen monoxide, one of the most important chemicals in the world.
I can feel my thirst being quenched as if I were drinking a glass of water on hot summer day.
Today is gonna be a great day, I know it and I can feel it, with my thirst quenched, I can do almost anything. But first, I gotta jump up, jump in, and seize the day. Making the Days Count, one day at a time, one sip, one gulp, one glass.
What is going to quench your thirst this weekend?
Today’s post is inspired by last week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Water. or this week’s challenge, share a photo that features H2O; the element of water. Water comes in many different states and guises. From a foggy morning to your favorite watercolor painting, how will you show H2O in a photograph? I look forward to seeing your interpretations.
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I love seeing your pictures of the lake. Something about water soothes me.
Have a great week, Clay!
w/a Jansen Schmidt
thank you… the water does that for me as well. This morning the lake was like glass – calming and relaxing. We got a lot done yesterday – yard work and we had a fire int eh fireplace. This place is special. Enjoy your week ahead, it’ll be here before you know it.