One of my favorite pastimes is swimming laps at our nearby community pool. Early morning is my favorite and when possible bringing an inspirational book and a cup of coffee or water.
After swimming a few laps and treading water, as well as greeting other swimmers, relaxing in a comfortable lounge chair and reading is delightful. Usually it is easy for me to shut out the activities and conversations of those around me. But not always.
Kids playing “Marco Polo” and other water games often get a bit rowdy until told by parents to “calm down”. Conversations between youngsters and their siblings can be interesting, as are interactions between children and parents. Most children especially enjoy playing in the water with their mom and dad. Some children wistfully watch as parents of other kids join in the fun, while theirs do not.
After finding a set of 5 squirt guns on sale, I offered them to my granddaughters. Three brothers arrived at the pool and noticed the squirt guns. “Wow, first time I ever saw girls with so many squirt guns,” the oldest loudly said. Soon all had one to use and they played well for a long time at the end of the pool.
One warm evening last summer, a large family including a mom, dad, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins played energetic games of volleyball. All the other swimmers at the pool were invited to join in. It was very inter-generational, as well as inclusive. Surprisingly, not even the oldest people at the pool complained. It was refreshing to see such fun among several ages. It doesn’t happen often enough.
I live two blocks from the beach and one block from our pool, and have found being near the water soothes my soul. It is a good place to pray and think.
Jesus often walked along the Sea of Galilee as he taught his disciples. He even prepared a breakfast of fish and bread for them.
Once when His disciples thought they were lost in a sudden, strong storm, Jesus walked across the sea to help them.
Jesus taught us how to live ‘the wet life.