crossing the ATLANTIC.

crossing the ATLANTIC.

crossing the atlantic …. another check on the bucket list…. but so much more than that !!

crossing the atlantic is amazing because you don’t see land for 7 days. it’s you and those around you, and that’s all you’ve got. it’s hot, windy, and absolutely gorgeous. it also makes you thankful for the land you live on.

neptune day is the day we cross the equator – the tradition is to get fish guts poured on you, kiss a fish, shave your head and then you are officially moved from being a shellback to a pollywog … yes i’m just as confused as you, but neptune day is something unforgettable and the southern oceans are just as amazing.

 

but the thing i could not stop thinking every time i looked out to see the sky kissing the ocean as far as i could see with no land in sight was Francis Chan’s analogy in his book “Crazy Love” (if you haven’t read it…. get it now… game changer!!).

he says … “Not being able to fully understand God is frustrating but it is ridiculous for us to think we have the right to limit God to something we are capable of comprehending. What a stunted, insignificant God that would be! If my mind is the size of a soda can and God is the size of all the oceans, it would be stupid for me to say He is only the small amount of water I can scoop into my little can. God is so much bigger, so far beyond our time-encased, air/food/sleep-dependent lives.”

…he is comparing the vast ocean to the unimaginably vast knowledge of God. then he compares a coke can filled with ocean water to the knowledge we are given… he is saying that it is crazy for us to confine God to our knowledge because he is so so so much bigger….and crossing the atlantic makes you realize just how many coke cans could be filled …. mind.boggling. yet so comforting.

 

now i’m burnt, salty, almost have dreads (yes my shaved head grew back …. hahaha) & thankful for the land we made it to. i’m in rio de janeiro brazil and loving it – could be my favorite place yet ! it’s morning here and i’m sitting on the balcony looking out over the beach and the busy roads of rio, listening to some tunes  … wishing life could pause for a second or two … my heart is so so happy.

 

anyways thanks for reading my thoughts …

happy friday !!!!

 

xoralph.

2 Comments
  • Madie

    November 13, 2015 at 6:48 pm Reply

    One of my favs! Keeps on getting better, please post more

  • chandler

    November 20, 2015 at 2:06 pm Reply

    Wait. Are you required to shave your head? Cause I’m looking into SAS and really wouldn’t be down for that hahah

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