- Posted by Lin Wilder
- On July 7, 2013
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We intended to stay for only a few days, after all, we are incredibly busy right now, have too much work and came down last Thursday intending to return home the following Sunday….we don’t have time for vacation, after all.
It is a week from that Sunday and we are still here.
Despite myriad challenges, among them the hard drive for my Sony laptop that finally died, we decided to stay for 2 weeks and get our bearings, restore ourselves here in the RV that we hardly ever see.
This view is what we see each day- the surfers begin at the break of dawn,and stay for hours. One early morning, I passed a young woman dressed in one of the skin tight surfer uniforms. She was walking a small dog- curious, I stopped her to ask what she did with her dog while she surfed. Grinning, she replied “Oh, he’ll be fine, he ‘ll sit on the beach and watch me surf.”
Meanwhile, we hear from friends who have contacted us from home that there is a fire caused by a lightning strike in the mountains a few valleys over from our house. This morning, we got a call with the simple message that we had nothing to worry about, our valley was not threatened; we were missing dense smoke and 90+ degree temperatures.
Probably the biggest benefit of this vacation is the church about 10 minutes away where there is a daily Mass 7 days per week. At home, daily Mass is an hour drive- one way- and for 3 or 4 days per week only.
A new priest just joined this parish last Monday, we happened to attend his first Mass at his newly assigned Parrish. Speaking on the Gospel passage where Christ admonishes those who wish to bury their father or to kiss their mother good bye before following him, Fr Joe spoke of the repeated theme we hear from the Lord once we recognize him as Lord, once we see him as truth, once, we understand that his is the way.
“Don’t look back,” we are told, Christ uses the simile of a man ploughing a field, that the farmer must look straight ahead to ensure that the furrows dig to receive the seed must be straight and so the ploughman must look straight ahead, not to his left or to his right, “Don’t look back.” Somehow, that seems so fitting to our business, to our spiritual growth, to our lives .
Don’t look back.