Sunday, November 15, 2009

Puerto Rico Day 3-- Saturday

Saturday, Paul and I went on a zip line excursion.  The Dalton’s son and dil, Matt & Sheri, were with us.  It was a lot of fun talking to them and getting to know them.  They are close to our age, so we had a lot in common.  They were married later, and have 3 little kids. It was fun to visit with them.

The zip line was fun.  I wasn’t nearly as scared as last time.  I really enjoyed it.  The worst part was walking back UP hill.  Boy, it was a work out.  Kind of like cardiac hill—it was muddy, too, that added to my enjoyment.  At least I felt like I was getting a good workout.

The guide stopped in between runs and told us a little bit about the rain forest.  One of the things that struck me as a great lesson was him telling about a particular kind of tree.  It grows slowly because of lack of sunlight, but when the hurricanes or strong winds come through, the upper branches of the canopy break off.  This allows sunlight to come through for a short time.  In two or three days, the tree will grow two or three times its size.  It has unprecedented growth just from the sun.  I couldn’t help but think of how some of us are like that.  We just eek along, growing slow and steady, or perhaps not much at all, but when the light of the Son comes and hits our life just right, we can grow at a rapid rate.  I feel like that is what has happened to me in the last few years.  But I have also observed it in others, too.  Anyone who accepts the gospel can have those large growth spurts due to the light of Christ entering into their lives.  (Oddly enough, there was perfect example of that in church on Sunday—story coming up.)

When we arrived back from the canopy tour, we quickly grabbed a burger.  May not seem out  of the ordinary, but we got the burger at the little shack on the beach/pool area overlooking the ocean.  The weather was perfect, and it was this beautiful calm warm night.  I was sitting there with my sweet husband, and I thought of how blessed I was to be able to enjoy this small moment and reflect on the beauty of God’s creations.

We then took off to the Bio Bay tour.  It was the coolest thing!!  We were put in kayaks in the dark and paddled across a little bay area, then through a channel.  Now this channel was lined with mangrove trees.  So imagine yourself in the pitch black paddling in water with trees on both sides and you have no idea where you are going.  There were glow bracelets on the front and the back of the kayaks so you could follow them.  Now here’s the cool  part….the fun of Bio Bay….there are little microscopic critters that light up when they are disturbed much like fireflies.  So every dip of the paddle and the movement of the boat lights up the water.  You can stick your hand in the water and swish it around and it lights up.  I’m telling you…it’s cool!  I wish you could take a jar and take some home.  However, they only light up at night and they die off if not in their natural environment.  Pretty cool!  Also kind of a fun possibly spooky experience to paddle in the dark down a canal of trees.

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