Life is like a painting
30 May 2021 | Islamorada
Gail Gordon | Sunny and clear
As each day appoaches we have the opportunity to live and paint a picture which continues on throughout our lives. Our thoughts and actions are like paint able to create something beautiful with an element of mystery.
On May 9th, we were passing over Grand Bahama Bank, and it was a stunningly beautiful day. The water depth at 9 feet meant smooth sailing and pretty colors, which were absolutely mesmerizing.
The day prior was just as fantastic with the spinner flying perfectly. It was filled with steady air at 16 to 18 knots as we passed through the Berry Islands. Whale Cay sat to our starboard side with moderate easterly winds. We were moving across the water with a peak speed topping off at 13.6 when we surfed down small 2-4 seas. One fish on the line bailed out as it was landing on our deck. You could hear all the groans and ahh’s. Our plan was mouth-watering fish tacos, but Mexican-style tacos, as opposed to the dreamed-of mahi-mahi, was the change to the events menu. Some disappointments are not life-threatening or life-changing at all. With Eleuthera now 7 hours behind us, it had been a fabulous sail. No complaints at all.
Our minds were filled with fond, fun-filled memories: cave exploring in Hatchet Bay, fishing off North Eleuthera, and snorkeling the colorful reefs filled with soft corals and exquisite hard corals in an array of color and size. There was brain coral, some with deep green lines, and also staghorn reaching towards the surface. Swimming joyfully in and through the crevices were schools of brilliant purple and blue fish, playing about. A passing turtle is the all-time favorite, as the turtle would eyeball you then dart off in a rapid hurry.
Another great moment while in Eleuthera was when a group of three dolphin surrounded Viento Azul at anchor. They were curious and brave as Erin jumped in to see if they would play. Making eye contact, she was thrilled to a scream beyond measure! That night, when the sun set, and I woke in the dark under the stars, I saw they were are amplified by the peaceful sound of soft waves breaking on the rocky coastline. Sailing is a beautiful adventure.
Looking back even farther, 2 weeks since Awake, with a lot in between, there is so much to be grateful for. Our time in the Abacos was more than we could possibly imagine. The teamwork of 22 people coming together to bring love and the hope we have in Jesus was excellent.
We had packaged up over 1,000 Bibles, tracts and crafts for the event. The vision came despite covid, the threat of rain, and all the challenges of not knowing what was going to happen. Placing one foot in front of the other with faith, you can be assured greatness will unfold. God loves faith, and He is a rewarder of faith. Walking with a heart filled with joy comes from taking that step of faith, no matter whether it is large or small.
As we left our rental van so long ago in the Abacos, we also left a holy fire that was kindled and ongoing. Hearts were encouraged, and the vison of Awake was ablaze, expanding and taking new territory. We have been invited back to continue in the good work of the Lord. As we walked back to our boat that final day, we knew it was time to move on. I distinctly remember the sun’s rays shining through the clouds, beaming through the water, lighting up my soul to the reality and the presence of God in our lives.
From the Abacos, to resting in Eleuthera, and onward to the Florida Keys, we know more is yet to come. Currently we are reprovisioning Viento Azul to depart for Mexico where we will pick up our first team for the summer season, after a quick stop in Belize. Our destination will be the Rio Dulce of Guatemala. Our mission is Casa Agua Azul (bluewatersurredner.org). There we will be involved with many projects for the house and the children.
Our calendar is filling up quickly. As fall approaches, so do hurricanes. To keep our trips safe, we will remain in the protected waters of the Rio Dulce, Guatemala area for fall trips. We will serve, and we will sail. Join us, and you will experience living on board and sailing on Lake Izabal, touring the Rio Dulce and Lake Golfete area, and passing through the exquisite canyon walls to explore the port town of Livingston while you learn to raise the sails and capture the wind!