Being around water has always been restorative to me. When I was a kid it was lakes and rivers and walking in the rain. As an adult it has included those things and expanded to include ponds and the ocean. (and a long shower or soak in the tub). The above photo was taken at a Riparian Preserve in our town. It is lovely, peaceful and restorative. I just love being near the water.
When I am feeling sad or stressed I find that getting myself near water is a huge help and boost to my mood and outlook. Even a perennial optimist like me needs a boost now and then!
Jesus spent time preaching to the multitudes and being with His disciples near the water. Baptized in the River Jordan, calling some of His disciples, calming the storm, breakfast on the beach after His resurrection…..is that why I feel so close to Him when I am around the water (among other places)? I think my answer is Yes. Does that mean I do not feel His presence in the desert of the southwest U.S.? I actually feel His presence just as much. And, as a matter of fact~there are lakes all over the place scattered throughout Arizona! Does that surprise you? It sure surprised me when we moved here! The photo below is Lake Pleasant in Arizona.
Wishing you joy today~and a peaceful heart.