Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Seashell Angel

It was a snowy day in Utah, many years ago, that I created my Seashell Angel.
I had spread my large seashell collection out on the carpet after the kids went to sleep, so I could look at all of them in peace and quiet. I would fondly pick up each piece, feeling it's grooves and crevices, happily remembering the exact time and place I had found it. Each seashell I own is a treasure to me, a memory of the special times I spent diving down into the sea, or walking along the sandy beaches; my connection to another place and time. Being far away in Utah I poured through my seashell collection often, as a way to connect with, and remember my love for the ocean.

When I left Hawaii for the mainland in 2002, I didn't know when I would be back. I often felt uncertain in my heart, and always prayed that God would direct my future in happiness, even if it meant living in the snow forever. I needed a reminder that the ocean would always be there for me, even if I was far away.

As I lay there on the carpet, I picked up a few cone shells and puka shells, rearranged them, and discovered there was an angel watching over me.
I thought to myself, "Someday I will be back in Hawaii, I know, but for now I will be happy here, making snow angels and watching my kids grow!"

This Seashell angel will always remind me of my love for the ocean, yet it also reminds me of the power God has to help us be happy wherever we are.

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