Friday, February 20, 2009

Kauai...

I'm currently sitting on the porch of our honeymoon cottage, with some good Jesus tunes going, but not so loud as to drown out the powerful roar of the ocean's waves that are right below me. I prefer my Creator's natural songs of praise; it is absolutely glorious. Nate and I keep the sliding glass door of our cottage open all day and night, with the screen door as the covering, so that we can hear it. I wish the photos I have taken of our view do it justice. They do not...they provide an absolutely pitiful display of the majestic view God has given this Jesus-brat of His.

My man and I have had a wonderful past couple of days. Wait, let me rewrite that...my husband and I have had a wonderful past couple of days (insert me with a big goofy grin on my face). We wake rather early, a fact this sleep-lover shamelessly accounts to the five hour time zone difference. We hop in our tan rental car and embrace one of the most rewarding and seemingly endless twelve minutes of our day. It is rewarding because of the breathtaking views that just envelope us: lush jungle spotted with the most vibrant white, orange, and yellow flowers, rolling mountains on one side, and a turquoise ocean on the other. I comment on their beauty every morning as if we haven't taken this drive before, pointing them out to Nate for the umpteenth time. He nods and smiles ... saying warmly, 'I know baby...' I'm a gush for the beauty of creation - I really do feel like God has just fashioned it for me. I know... selfish and ridiculous, but it's our time together and I love it. 

A seemingly endless twelve minute drive because of what awaits us. The breakfast selections that we have eaten here the past few days have unarguably become my best breakfast meals ever. No joke y'all. Fluffy, light banana and macadamia nut pancakes with freshly made coconut syrup, eggs benedict, and fresh papaya, mango, grapes, and pineapple that leave me so water-heavy from my fill of them that Nate and I both require walks afterwards. 

The second day we were here, we made our way to the pristine beach right by our cottage. Me, being the ever-hungry one, packed Nate and I a cooler. Nate hauled that, along with our little chairs, and water bottles to a sunny spot. We dug our chairs into the soft white sand, and smiled goofily at one another, hearts speaking the unspoken. He opened his 'War and Peace,' and I flipped open the Mark of the Lion series book number one. I forced myself to not bring an academic or technical book with me on our honeymoon. It was a fight y'all: I love to learn and study, but I really felt like the Lord was calling me to learn to rest in all areas, including my mind! I have not read this series yet, and thanks due to school, I am hopping on board four years later after I should have in terms of relevancy. Grin....

Five minutes of beautiful weather passed. And then...well, I got a little cold. Well, more like, I got really cold. I didn't want to complain (who is supposed to be cold when it's 74 degrees outside for crying out loud??! I get on my own nerves in this arena...), so I threw my long sun-dress back on, and a jacket, resuming my reading. Poor Nate ... he was soaking up whatever sun his epidermis apparently had discovered, untouched by the cool ocean winds. And then y'all, it came. That dreaded afternoon shower swept upon us so quickly that we ran back to the car, laughing, flip-flops flapping, and Nate still hauling that untouched cooler. We have sadly not been able to go to the beach yet; the weather has been uninviting. We're asking Jesus to do a miracle for us, because the forecast doesn't seem to be improving. We have plans for kayaking in a couple of days, and I better not get wet :) 

It hasn't been too disheartening yet though. We have greatly needed the rest. The ugly weather has given us an excuse for such. For the first time yesterday, I think I was finally able to rest after everything. I have taken long afternoon naps the past two days, and have had a couple of cry sessions for no apparent reason. I think they are rooted in the emotions from the past week catching up with me. Sweet Nate just holds me patiently, suggesting chocolate and a long walk afterward. Good man  :)   

That's about all for now. Oh yea, we went exploring in this cave today. I am pitifully ignorant of the appropriate terminology to explain it, so I'll just say it was amazing, and post some pictures later :) We've wandered into a number of art stores here; most of y'all probably didn't know Nate was an artist, so he appears in there looking like what I would look like if I were in a library or something. I love watching him stare at the art. He has been living high on his ahi wraps and fish tacos; I have preferred the fresh coconut that I was given yesterday. I walked back down to our car with it, holding it clumsily in my hand for another two miles, drinking out of my umbrella straw. Could someone puh-lease write tourist on my forehead. :) Oh well. 

*My second disclaimer: Again, don't you sweet little ladies worry about my being on the computer on our honeymoon. Nate and I both love to write; this down time has been renewing for us both. He was so inspired yesterday, he poured his heart out over a film script he has been stumped upon in terms of writing while yours truly was napping. That's my sweet Jesus...allowing me to love Him more by giving purpose and vision to do that which we love to do, and which brings Him glory. 

'Our God Reigns' just came on my iTunes mix. And Nate just came out here to give me a kiss, letting me know that he's going to make us some chicken and zucchini. I'm totally undone, and totally in love. All the more for my Jesus....

Love y'all to pieces...
PS - I so appreciate some of you long-time hidden 'lurkers' leaving your sweet comments. My heart has just swelled over the power of the Father to bring His body together here in blogworld. May my words be ones that denote my joy in 'knowing' you here, and the privilege we have to serve the Most Glorious One...I do so smile at the thought that he takes note on a scroll as we boast in Him (Malachi 3:16). 

15 comments:

Tonya said...

As the song says, 'I sing the mighty power of God'! That is wonderful that you can enjoy His creative power! Be blessed!

Kelly S. said...

beautifully written--what a gift you have young lady. Thank you for the update, your words were so vivid I could almost hear the ocean too.
Mark of the Lion books are 3 of my very favorites!! You will love them.
Enjoy the rest of your time there, all creation does testify HE REIGNS.....and it is for you.
love you

beckyjomama said...

MAN - you sure do write purty!!!

And, as such, I have finally fiured out why, even though I desperately want to be bloggy BFF's with you, I have remained a closet lurker. I have a fear that one day you will visit my little corner of the blogdom and be appaled at my lack of literary vernacular. (And I sooooo don't know if that even made sense. I am trying to use high dollar words in an effot to impress ya!!!)

Just know that I LOVE your blog, LOVE your heart and am SOOOOOO happy for you!!

I heart you!
Becky Jo

PS - I love that you are being loved on by our Father, but I - ahem - hope that you are gettin loved on in other ways too! (wink*wink)

Heather said...

You have a gift and talent of writing! Amazing! I'm going to buy your book when you write it one day :) I hope you guys are having fun! I think the ocean waves were in my backyard as I was reading this :)

Denise said...

Sounds DIVINE!!! Can you even imagine what heaven will be like?

You are learning to truly rest in the loving arms of your amazing Creator and your adoring husband!Contiue to be blessed in this heavenly place ... as you begin your new life together.

Denise said...

LOVE Malachi 3:16-18! Girls, look that up and believe God! Thanks for sharing, Shelly!

Amanda said...

Mark of the Lion is the BEST! I'm so glad you brought it along. Enjoy your time in paradise with your beloved!

debra said...

the romance is oozing out of your words...

He is good.

connorcolesmom said...

Shelly,
YOur honeymoon sounds delightful
even if it has been a bit yucky weather wise
I will pray for it to clear up though :)
Look forward to the pics
Much love!
Kim

AKat said...

Shelly, I am so glad you're keeping a record of all the little details of your honeymoon in Hawaii! Not for us, although it's so much fun to read, but for you to look back upon one day! How excited we all are for you, Sister! As if I have to say it, but Enjoy Every Second!

Teal said...

i'm sitting here with south hamilton pizza beneath the light of our christmas tree (yes, of course it's still up) missing my roommate who has become the life-mate of another. can't wait for this summer. call me when you get back, love.

mandy said...

Mal 3:16 - amen. ;)

Woke up missing you yesterday. I hope you can get some rays on my behalf before you get back...
Love you so much!
mandy

The Cooke Family said...

As always, I have been blessed by reading your posts! Thank you for sharing your journey of what our Lord is doing in your life. Seeing you makes me love Him more. He has gifted you and blessed you in so many ways! I look forward to seeing how the Lord continues to use you and your brand new Hubby.
Congratulations Mrs. Griffin!

Emmy said...

I love that you love to write it all down! I am just so thrilled for you all... I am still smiling after reading your post! I just love it... so sweet!

God puts you all on my heart all the time!

Praying! God Bless-
Emmy : )

(I Love the song Our God Reigns! It is my ringtone!)

one of four said...

Shelly,
I hope the rain is gone and the kayaking was great.