Good-bye Big Island!

We have been home for a few days now.  The longer we have been back, the more it seems that our trip to the Big Island of Hawaii was just a dream. I’m glad I took pictures so I don’t forget the things we experienced there.

I will miss falling asleep and waking up to the sound of the ocean.

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I will miss seeing the fish and eel in the morning.

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I will miss the big trees.

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I will miss the tropical fruit.

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I will miss the purple yams.

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Although I was a little scared of the tide pool/reef area, I will miss snorkeling.

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ImageImageI will miss the beautiful and scenic areas.

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I will miss being in a convertible in 80 degree weather.

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I will miss the mongoose.

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I will miss the smell of the rainforest.

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I will miss seeing the ocean from various points on the island.

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I will miss the green lizards.

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I will even miss the “hippies.”

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Psalm 33:6-9,

“The Lord merely spoke,
and the heavens were created.
He breathed the word,
and all the stars were born.
He assigned the sea its boundaries
and locked the oceans in vast reservoirs.
Let the whole world fear the Lord,
and let everyone stand in awe of him.
For when he spoke, the world began!”

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti
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Exploring the Big Island, Hawaii

On the third day of our visit to the Big Island, we decided to explore some of the state parks and swimming areas. The first place we visited was MacKenzie State Recreation Area. This place was really scary because the park led to very high cliffs overlooking the rough, deep blue ocean below. Apparently someone had jumped off the cliff to her death and the incident was memorialized with a plaque.

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I saw large chunks of rocks that had fallen from the cliff—this made me very nervous—what if the rock I’m standing on suddenly snaps off into the ocean? The thought made me run in the other direction.

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On this same day, we also visited a warm spring. I thought it was a fresh water spring with warm water, but the water was from the ocean and it was warm because lava steam heated the “pool” to 91 degrees. As I stood in the water next to the lava rocks, I could feel the warmth emanating from them. I really didn’t like being in that water because there weren’t any fish or any living creatures except for the people swimming in it. We didn’t stay very long—only like 5 minutes.

Then we came upon a black sand beach. We walked for several minutes through hardened lava—miles of it on either side of us. I can envision how the lava flowed over this place, creating patterns and cracking as hardened lava pushed against other hardened lava. This was the most awe-inspiring place so far.

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When we finally reached the beach, it was covered with what looked like black gravel. It was high tide so we really couldn’t swim in it, but my husband jumped in it anyway. He was almost pulled out.

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Seeing all these “natural wonders” made me really appreciate the work of God—“Then God said, “Let the waters beneath the sky flow together into one place, so dry ground may appear.” And that is what happened.  God called the dry ground “land” and the waters “seas.” And God saw that it was good” (Genesis 1:9-10).

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Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

Thirsty

I had my tonsils removed yesterday (6/7). As a child, I suffered from severe sore throats and colds. There were times when the doctor suggested that they be removed back then, but whenever I felt better I would tell my mother that I didn’t want to do it.

For the last month and a half I noticed my right tonsil change form. It had always been bigger than my other tonsil, but one day I saw small, blister-like bumps on them so I made an appointment with my doctor. He told me to take ibuprofen and other meds to reduce the swelling but if the swelling didn’t go down after a week then to make an appointment with an ENT doc.  

My tonsil went from having a few blister-like bumps to becoming a little more swollen and reddish. I also noticed a tiny blood vein running across it. The ENT doc scheduled a CT scan, and after looking at the images of the tonsil he suggested that I remove both tonsils and have it biopsied.

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When I awoke from my sedation, I immediately felt thirsty. I don’t know if that’s a common feeling after having a tonsillectomy, but that’s what I felt. I was given ice chips, but that didn’t satisfy my thirst. Finally, after being in recovery for a little while, I was given water to drink.

I immediately thought about these two Scripture verses:

Psalm 42:1-2, “As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God….”

John 19:28, “…he [Jesus] said, “I am thirsty.””

I’ve been thirsty many times, but I usually do not feel thirsty for very long because I would get something to drink. Today I felt thirsty, and nothing would satisfy my thirst but water. In Matthew 4:14, Jesus tells the “woman at the well,” “those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”

Now I have a better understanding of all these Scripture verses—just as I was thirsty for water and ice chips didn’t satisfy me, my very being thirsts for God and nothing will satisfy it but God. Whenever my soul/spirit starts to get dry, I know that I am spiritually thirsty and I need God to quench my thirst.

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

Troubles

My husband and I will be going to Disney World in a few days and we found out that the pool at the hotel is heated and has underwater speakers. Although I am very excited about spending some time in the pool, I am also very anxious because I don’t know how to swim.

My father tried to teach me how to swim when I was about 5 years old, but instead of floating on the surface of the water, I sank to the bottom. I can still remember the inability to breathe and the feeling of panic that I had.

Sometimes when I get overwhelmed I feel like I am drowning.  I know that some people might feel worried, anxious, or nervous when they go through certain situations. The Bible tells us, “…you know that we are destined for such troubles” (1 Thess 3:3), “…when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.  So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing” (James 1:2-4).

Don’t let the troubles of life drown you! Realize that God is testing you—so do all you can to pass the test!

Copyright © 2013 M. Teresa Trascritti

Water

Water is so important– we need it everyday. I heard that we can only last about three days without water. When I don’t drink enough water, I get heart palpitations so I carry a bottle of water with me wherever I go, so water really is important.

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Water is mentioned in several places in the Bible. When I did a search for “Living Water,” most of the term was found in the book of John. Specifically, in John 7 it says, “On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.'” (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)” (John 7:37-39, NLT).

If ordinary water is so important for us to stay alive, then how much more important is the living water for us? So many people do not have Christ so they are spiritually withered and dry– brittle and broken.  Outside they appear alive, but inside they are nothing but “dry bones.”  Jesus says, “those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life” (John 4:14, NLT). I wish everyone who heard about Jesus would come to Him so they can truly be alive.

Copyright © 2013 M. Teresa Trascritti