The one where I lost a waterfall

We were heading for the waterfall and we came out of an alleyway and emerged on the path where we could head left uphill or right downhill. I could see from our gps map that the waterfall was straight ahead and to the left and so I went left and Tracey and the girls followed.

We went uphill and we could hear the waterfall and we talked excitedly about how we were looking forward to seeing it. We came to a road where I turned right and Tracey and the girls followed. My thought was that perhaps the waterfall was accessible from the other side.  Five minutes later and our gps map showed that we had gone well past the waterfall and river and all we had in the direction we wanted to go was a fenced off field.

Well, we continued our geocaching trip and an hour or two later we came back to the alleyway on the way to the car. As I stood back in the alley way and looked out again I felt so stupid. Look at this picture and see if you can work out why.

uphill or downhill which way

If you look at the downhill picture you can see a sign, can you guess what it says on it?

We had a lovely walk down to the waterfall and we even found the geocache down there :).

We were supposed to be having a relaxing walk (and we did once we got over the disappointment of missing the waterfall) but I had rushed too much and we had missed the thing that we were most looking forward to until the very end.

Life can be like this can’t it. We often rush around from one thing to the next and we don’t always stop to look carefully at what is in front of us or even what is going on around us.

Monday mornings can be one of the worst times for this. Perhaps we are arriving back at work today after a weekend off and we know that we have so much to do. If this is true, perhaps this week we could resolve to work well but to slow down and to be more aware of what is going on around us.

I find that prayer is something that keeps me aware of what is going on. God sees and knows everything and talking with him can give us a different perspective on the world.

On the way back to the car, I paused and we easily found the waterfall.

What are we missing out on in life because we are too busy rushing around?

Perhaps it’s time to slow down?

Perhaps it’s time to talk with God more in our everyday life?

You can read more about how simple prayer can be in The Hamster Prayer.

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About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Baptist Minister who is especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century. I am also a member of the Eastern Baptist Association's Council with responsibility for Mission Strategy.
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