Sunday February 24, 2019

Ephesians 4:29 Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear. 

We had some difficulty getting the kids up and moving this morning at 5 am, but we eventually made it down for a quick breakfast and then off to see the whales! Now this was an adventure from the beginning. Our scheduled Tuk Tuks arrived on time as we were quickly shoving food into our mouths.  We piled in for the short drive to the marina. We got dropped off right at the boat, but we were quickly directed to buy tickets (of course not in English but Sinhalese). Our driver was kind enough to drive us to the ticket booth where we were told to “wait here” which was off to the side of the ticket booth. I patiently waited for my turn, which took a really long time and I watched several other folks come and go. But as soon as I was starting to get frustrated by this whole endeavor, a nice gentleman came out to talk with me and sold me our tickets; I think he was actually in charge of the whole process. He was so kind. We got our tickets and a personal escort to the boat. I think he was a friend of Dudley because he was so very attentive to us, making sure we had all we needed.

I wrote this prior to reading the scripture passage and once I read it I just shook my head at God’s amazing wisdom and how much I have learned, and still have to learn. I was standing waiting to buy our tickets and was getting frustrated watching others come and go before me, but I held my tongue and didn’t say anything. I am so glad I did this because the attention we received was well worth the wait. He was so incredibly attentive to us making sure we had a great time on his boat, but if I had said my peace about having to wait while others were helped before me, I seriously doubt he would have been so kind to us. These words from Ephesians are very powerful and can be life changing when you live by them. It is the same thing I tell my kids, “if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all”.

We had a wonderful time whale watching and were blessed to see four blue whales, one that even dove under water right next to the boat so we all could see his huge tail fin arch out of the water and then disappear. This was such a cool experience. We were all pretty tired (I feel asleep on the way out to sea) and after the excitement of seeing blue whales (and dolphins) my family could stay awake no longer–all of them fell asleep on the boat ride back to the marina. It was a bit sad that we didn’t get any photos of the whale breaching or diving but we will forever have that memory.

After we got off the boat, the gentleman who sold us our tickets was waiting there to hear all about our trip and to make sure all was well. I was again grateful for the patience God has given to me. We enjoyed a nice lunch at a restaurant called The Shack, right on the beach with the sand under our feet (this is a really neat aspect of dining in Sri Lanka). The kids enjoyed playing in the ocean and it was so wonderful to watch my children play so nicely together. We then headed back to Kosgoda and made it just in time to release the turtles.

 

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