Friday, April 26, 2013

The Little Foxes Destroy the Vine

Well, I’m home and no doubt I will be sharing bits and pieces of my wonderful holiday with you over the coming weeks.

The day of the cruise, we arrived in Circular Quay around lunch time and headed towards the Pacific Jewell.  We checked in before boarding the ship and finding our cabin.  We met our lovely cabin steward Tad, had a quick look around and then made our way to the top deck for lunch.  After lunch we went to the outer deck for the sail away party. Colourful Circus acrobats were performing a few tumbles and tricks while the entertainment team did their best to get the children dancing.  I ordered a cocktail, hubby had a beer and we tapped our toes to the band playing.  

We were due to set sail at 4.30 but at 5pm we were still docked.   The captain came over the loudspeaker and announced the delay was caused by some much needed goods were stuck in transit.  

At 6.30pm it was dark, the band had run through most of their repertoire, and we were still docked in Darling Harbour.

I looked down at the wharf and saw a couple who were dining at a harbour side restaurant and I felt a little sorry for them.  They obviously had had a romantic evening planned, overlooking the Sydney Opera House at night, but instead their view was blocked by a big noisy ship. 

A few people on the ship started to grumble over the delay and I discovered later that they were the same ones who grumbled over other things that they thought had gone wrong on their holiday.

Whilst I was looking at the couple at the dockside restaurant, another lady came up and stood next to me.  We chatted briefly and she mentioned that even if we never left the harbour, we would have a wonderful holiday the ship as all the meals and entertainment are provided and the ship was better than any hotel she had been in.   She took something that could be negative and turn it around to see the positive side of it.

This got me thinking.  It’s easy to find things to grumble about but it doesn’t take a lot to turn your perspective around and find things to rejoice over.  God’s word says “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it” and in Song of Solomon we are reminded “Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that destroy the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom” Our grumbles can easily become like the small fox ready to destroy the joy that each day has in store for us.

Our ship left Darling Harbour at around 7pm and the couple at the restaurant finally had the view they had waited for.   While leaving the harbour during daylight would have been lovely, leaving at night had its own beauty.   The further out from Sydney, the clearer the sky became and the stars were easier to see.

May we all see the beauty in each day and not waste time thinking about what could have been.   May we are be ready to turn away the little foxes because the last thing we need is to have our joy destroyed by them.

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