Thursday, November 2, 2017

Leave Nothing Unsaid: An Angel Message

On October 31st, the cool autumn afternoon brought a breeze and an angel invitation to be in nature.   Off we went to rejuvenate our souls at nearby DeLeon Springs, named for Ponce DeLeon, the discoverer of the Fountain of Youth.  I'll admit I was feeling childlike and carefree, leaning over the railing, watching the dynamic waterfall splash onto the rocks.  An osprey soared overhead, looking for fish.  A flock of white ibis were wading in an overflow area, catching their reflections.  Vision is a wonderful gift and nothing is taken for granted.

Natural Springs at DeLeon

Water was the theme that day, an aspect of the feminine.  The natural springs pool is a wonderful place to swim on warmer days. Or you can take a boat ride on the St. John's River. Another fun thing to do is eat flapjacks at the Old Sugarmill, where you can cook them on the grill at your table.

Inside the Visitor Center, I was surprised to see a large mural splashed on the wall.  A woman on an elephant water skiing! Sunshine Sally had been a headliner in the aquatic show years ago when the state park had been a popular resort. 

The history of the park was on display with various artifacts from the Indians who lived in the area 6,000 years ago. Also included was the history of the sugarmill constructed by slaves.  A handout spoke about a ledger the owner kept of his workforce and their value.  One old slave named Blind Sarah had three 000's by her name. Visitors  were asked to remember those slaves in appreciation for their hard work.  My heart filled with love for Sarah, I could relate to not being able to see.  It was during that time, I learned my true worth.  It didn't come from anything outside of me, it was a God given gift within that only needs to be nourished and appreciated in order to grow. Not seeing meant less distractions, and so I am grateful for that growing season. 
Old Sugarmill Restaurant

Near the door, a box of old magazines and books on a long table were free for the taking. I've come to see that this is a way the angels use to communicate. I skimmed the magazine covers of old Guidepost and Reader's Digest, and selected several with Christmas themes. To my surprise, a picture of Disney's Little Mermaid was stuck on one issue. When I loosened the scotch tape,  Ariel was a remnant of birthday wrapping paper torn off a gift.  

Staring at the little mermaid's sweet face, it seemed like an angel message.  I love The Little Mermaid fairy tale.  The beautiful young mermaid princess who dreams of becoming human, but there's a catch.  She must agree to lose her voice to search for her prince.  I decided to save her and tucked her away in a plastic bag with several magazines and a book.  With a heart full of gratitude for Sarah and all those who had gone before me to create this beautiful park, it was time to go home.  

Ariel Birthday Wrapping Paper and Fuzzy Tape
Later I learned that my random selections had been on target.  I read a column, Someone Cares, Pass It On, in the December 2015 Guidepost. The author stressed the importance of leaving nothing unsaid.  Words matter, and how important for us to write to family and friends to let them know they are valued.

 I smiled at the synchronicity.  Now that my sight is back, I enjoy writing cards and letters.  The angels had guided me to send several personal notes to friends and family earlier that day.

Another article on WATER, was to drink enough everyday to hydrate so that your brain and body will benefit. Drink to Health!

But another angel surprise was yet to come. While standing at the kitchen sink,  I happened to look down.  The Little Mermaid was taped to my fuzzy sweater!  I'd forgotten all about her, but the angels wanted me to remember to use my voice. Words matter.  "I got it!"

 "Elliot! Look what I got!"  Laughing, I pointed to the Little Mermaid still taped on my sweater.  "It's an angel message in gift wrap to remember to honor the gift of the feminine voice."  (For both males and females.)

Thank you, Angels, for the loving reminder.  When it comes to our loved ones and those in need of encouragement, leave nothing unsaid, speak and write straight from the heart.  Use your voice.

Words matter.

Enjoy your day with the Angels.

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen