It’s all in the details…

Captain Samson scooped up a small sea urchin out of the water and showed it to me, and then he placed it in my open hand.

“It will move slowly slowly,” he said in his Kenyan accent.IMG_20140103_120818

Then he flipped it over and showed me the mouth and explained how it eats. Its prickly exterior began to tickle my hand and I laughed.

“Hakuna Matata!” he said with a laugh as he returned the sea urchin to its home in the Indian Ocean.

Captain Samson, a Rasta with dreadlocks probably in his mid-20’s, showed me many more living creatures around the shore and in the water. He explained in great detail how the creatures move, eat, and defend themselves.

I was in Mombasa, Kenya for our mission’s annual retreat. At one of our prayer meetings, we read Psalm 139 “The All-Knowing, Ever-Present God.” It talks about how God knows everything we do and think, even before we do it or think it. God knows all the details of our lives.

IMG_20140103_121521It reminded me that God orchestrated everything. He even took the time to perfectly create the creatures of the sea, each and every detail of their existence. If God took that much pride in creating sea creatures, think of how much He cares about the details of your life!

I’m guilty of sometimes thinking I can’t go to God with the silly details of my life. I figure He has more important things to tend to. But the truth is, God does care. He does want me to talk to Him. God does care about the details.

This paradise in Mombasa is a stunning reminder of some of the most beautiful things God put on this planet. The details in the seashells, monkeys on the shore, and towering baobab trees were made perfect by Him. He took the time to care about the details of creating such things, and He cares about the details of our lives. There’s nothing He considers insignificant, so turn to Him with whatever is on your mind and heart.

 “For it was You (God) who created my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made.”
Psalm 139: 13-14

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This might freak you out…

This is kind of weird.

It started in 2004.IMG_0305 (2)

I started having a recurring nightmare about being on a cruise ship that was knocked over by a giant wave. I would have it about every week, and it went on for about a month. And then, the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean happened. My dreams about the giant wave stopped. That seemed pretty strange to me, but I didn’t think too much more about it.

I started having the dream again in 2005. These dreams were more vivid. I was always on a cruise ship, it would eventually be hit by a wave, and the ship would sink. In April, the Norwegian Dawn was hit by a few giant waves. It didn’t sink, but people were hurt, and like before, my dream stopped.

IMG_0271 (2)In 2010 I actually went on a cruise (that’s where all these pictures are from). I’ll be honest- I was really excited, but I was also horrified. Cruise ships have always freaked me out. Not just because of the Titanic, but because I have always had a fear of being trapped somewhere and drowning. (And for the record, yes, I can swim, and I’m not afraid to get into deep water!) Somehow I survived the cruise without any anxiety attacks. I actually had a blast and would love to go on another cruise!

I had gone years without my recurring nightmare about drowning on a sinking cruise ship. And then in December of 2011, they started again. Do you see where this was going? I was at a friend’s house when we saw the news – the Costa Concordia had wrecked off the shore of Italy. Thirty people were killed. Like all the other times, my dream stopped.

IMG_2100 (2)It freaked me out big time. That’s three times that my recurring nightmare happened before a disaster on the ocean.

And guess what started a few nights ago? Yup- the nightmare. Last night’s dream was super vivid, probably the longest nightmare I’ve had. We all knew the ship was sinking, but people kept having fun. I was frantically running around the ship trying to figure out a way to save myself, but then it completely flipped up and cracked in half, and began to sink Titanic-style. I was on top of the ship, holding on for dear life as it went down into the cold, dark ocean.

For the sake of anyone taking a cruise anytime soon, I hope nothing happens.  But how weird would it be if something DID happen?! It really freaked me out a year ago with the most recent cruise ship disaster. I’m kind of freaked out that my nightmares are coming true for some people.

Of course, now that I’m telling everyone about all of this, nothing will happen. Isn’t that how it always works?

Please don’t put me in the loony bin.