We live in Los Angeles, California. It has got to be one of the most beautiful and exciting places to live in that we can literally go to the beach one day and snow the next. In January 2014, a drought state of emergency was declared for the entire state. Since that time measures were put into action demanding we, as citizens of the state, conserve our water usage. We could be fined for watering our lawns for too long or during the wrong time of day…crazy! This season, we here in La La Land have gotten some relief. There has been more rainfall in the past month or so than is seems in recent years combined.
A friend invited us to playdate where the kids could enjoy some adventure and water play at Placerita Canyon Natural Area in Santa Clarita. It was a dreamy little park full of wonder that even included a nature center with native animals of the area.
We arrived at the park, and the adventures began immediately.
Imaginations were stirred and jobs were assigned. They apparently needed to get the “shelter” built quick, fast, and in a hurry that was extremely important as protection against some very serious “adversaries”.
I got to have a little chat with a ranger who’d explained that in past years he’s seen the water level reach the bridge, however due to the drought it had remained dry for the past six years.
Until recent days, that is.
Trees were climbed, planks were walked, bridges were scaled…
And because of the rain brought by recent storms, there was new life surrounding us. The creek was flowing, and the grounds as well as the mountains were blanketed in green. It was a beautiful day, and the kids loved every minute of it.
So it all got me to thinkin’…I try to remember and then explain to my little ones as best I can that, in life there will be storms. They won’t always be fun. Some will be inconvenient, others will be downright painful, but you will make it through. The storm will eventually end and on the other side when the sun starts shining again, things will be new. What once carried dark clouds and destruction left behind flowing water, and new life. It’s in the storms of life that it becomes more important than ever to remember what faith, the evidence of things not seen, is all about. It’s often hard to see that path in the middle of the storms but once you’re able to quiet yourself and lean in, it will be revealed to you. Often just one step at a time, but revealed nonetheless. It’s during the storms that we should not lean on our own understanding but trust that God has our back, always.
And know that, blue skies will come again.
To find out more about all the neat programs offered at Placerita Nature Area, such as Family Nature Walks and docent led Bird Walks, click HERE!