Or, I could have titled this post, “Just Another Deep Beach Walk & Talk With Ahab”.
The Tantrums and whining have been plenteous out of Sweetgirl at this stage of her development. Can I get an Amen from other mama’s that are In It or who have Been There?
Ahab likes to remind me that I still have them, now and then, at 40-something. Don’t hit me with facts, man!
We are employing the “ignore the nasty behavior and
maybe it will go away” strategy, right now.
I’ll keep you posted.
In the meantime, during our early morning walk the other day, the sweet children were delighted to see the turtle egg sanctuaries dotting the beach. They ran right up to them and asked, again, about the process.
I patiently re-explained how the mama digs a hole in the sand and delivers her baby turtle eggs there and then covers up the hole with sand and heads back out into the ocean to eat. And I reminded them how when the baby turtles hatch out of their eggs they make their way out to the great big ocean to find their mother (I might have made up that last part to stem the 400 anguished “But, WHY?” questions that would result from full-out honesty, here).
Their eyes glazed over and they bailed.
Down the beach they went, playing “catch me if you can” with the waves lapping at their feet.
Ahab turned to me and said, “Those kids sure are ocean lovers, aren’t they?”
I replied that of course they were – I am their mother!
And he reminded me of this truth:
“Once the ocean gets in your blood, it’s there to stay, isn’t it?”
As he sauntered off to frolic with his grandkids, I stood still for a moment to let that sink in. And I came to a realization.
The ocean getting in your blood is an awful lot like when Jesus enters your heart.
He is there to stay.
And He will cleanse you. Much like the ocean will for any wound you have on your body.
And He will wipe out our mistakes. As the ocean will do to any pictures drawn in the sand.
And He will remind you of how Powerful He is. Just as the crashing waves of the ocean will.
And the deeper you allow Him to take you and your heart, the more beauty you will discover. Oh, the beauty to be found in the depths of the ocean!
And, sometimes, there are scary things lurking in deeper waters. We are all quite capable of envisioning something in the ocean that causes fear.
And His significance will ebb and flow throughout your walk with him. Just like the ocean’s tides.
But His love for you is endless. Exactly as the ocean looks when you stare out at the expanse of it.
My pondering came to a screeching halt when Sweetgirl came running up to me to ask, “When the baby turtles hatch, will they see their mama? Does the mama come back? Who will help them? How will they find her?”
Just like that.
With an increase of Whine and Panic with each new question asked.
And before I can answer, Ahab jumps in and says, “She doesn’t come back because then the baby turtles will just whine instead of figuring out how to make their way to the ocean by themselves. They just know how to do it already. It’s in their blood.”
To which Sweetgirl replies calmly, “Oh.”
To which I reply in my heart, “Oh.”