Inspired by my recent cruise to Nassau, Bahamas with Norwegian Sky Cruise Line.
As I had been going through some drama previous to the cruise, I decided to read my oracle cards. They said that I needed a release ceremony. (A release ceremony is a ritual that is symbolic to rid yourself of something that has been burdening you and weighing you down. In sort, it is a physical way to release what you are feeling inside.) I knew that I would do this ceremony while I was on vacation; however, I was not quite sure what I was going to do or how I was going to do it.
Nevertheless, as I continue with my meditations; I remind myself to live in the moment as much as possible and to trust that at this moment everything is okay. Although I didn’t know how the situation was going to unfold, I believed in my heart that the ceremony would come to realization.
The day of the ceremony, I had woken up late. I was very flustered, agitated, and disappointed. Even still, I didn’t let that stop me. I got off the ship and only had 3 hours to enjoy what I had traveled so far, alone, to do! (Yes, I went all by myself! )
I found a guide, but I had no idea what I wanted to do! A few people suggested the beach, but I didn’t even have my swimsuit! It didn’t matter; he fastened the helmet on me and sped off on the motorbike to get gas. Since I couldn’t think of anything, I decided the beach–without a swimsuit.
When we arrived at the beach, I was overcome by something so serene, it was scary! Suddenly, it hit me that I rode off in the Bahamas with a complete stranger who brought me to a BEAUTIFUL, isolated beach in the middle of nowhere… far off the beaten path. I always do these spontaneous things and then panic after I’m already committed. I decided that since I could die, I at least needed to get in the water and enjoy the most beautiful sight my heart could wish for first!
The guide stayed behind to keep eye on the bike, and I stripped down to my undies and ran into the water!
In that moment, I felt a sense of overwhelming peace, comfort, and love. Although, I was afraid; God spoke to me and told me to trust in him and his immanent glory. I slowly walked all the way out until the water was so deep it nearly covered my face. I closed my eyes, let the water move me; yet hold me up. I took a deep inhale of goodness, exhaled all my grief–blowing it out as hard as could, and then I dove backwards as a sign of trust. I prayed and released as I backstroked to the shore; stepping out of the water new again!
Ladies and gentlemen this is my testimony of his glory and the reason why I paint…
because with every stroke in every line,
I remind myself to let God guide my hand,
and through every mistake I make, I continue to seek to create something BEAUTIFUL!
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