I have never in my life been to a beach anywhere, and last week, I got to spend an entire week sitting and gazing out over the Gulf as we worked with our teenagers at Church camp. It was a special moment for me, overcoming my fears and learning for the first time how to just live and have fun.
I learned a lot about myself this week. I learned that I CAN conquer my fears regardless of the voices going on inside my head. I swam neck deep in the ocean. I remember the first day we arrived. I looked out and longed to feel the water against my skin, but there was a voice whispering in my ear — You’ll never make it. You’ll die if you go in that water. Your worst fears will happen.
But ya know what I did? I quieted the voices. I mustered up all the courage I could find and when we went swimming that afternoon in the ocean, I took off in a run and dove in. I swam until I could not swim anymore. Some of the rest of our group did the same thing. People that I had confided in about my fears, cheered me on as I went deeper and deeper into the beautiful blue water.
Another fear I have always had was getting bit by a crab. One night, we went crab hunting. If you have never been crab hunting, YOU HAVE TO GO! It is so fun watching the little guys scurry across the sand.
I ate fish — real fish, shared my testimony with people who have no clue about me, and just let completely go while I was in Florida. I cannot tell you how freeing it was to just have fun and not worry about fears or inhibitions while I was on vacation. The next time you are going somewhere, make yourself a bucket list and just see how many things you can do while you are there.
The beach was on my bucket list along with seeing the sun rise, set, and sticking my toes in the sand. I can now mark all 4 off of my list! God’s gorgeous creation is worth the drive to go see.