“Still my heart, and hold my tongue. I feel my time, my time has come. Let me in, unlock the door. I never felt this way before.” Kingdom Come, Coldplay
After all the wonderful fresh breads and melt in your mouth Turkish baklava, I’ve inevitably put on a few pounds. It’s been almost a year now since I’ve last trained and ran my last half marathon. So this evening, I decided to go for a run to catch the sunset.
We’re living right on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast here in Çaliş, Fethiye. Çaliş beach is well-known for its incredible sunsets. So far, they are the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen in my life.
It was an incredible run for me this evening. I studied the mesmerizing waves of the Aegean Sea as the pink champagne sunset spilled its colours over the landscape, lingering long on the islands.
Coldplay serenaded me on my iPod as I lost myself in my thoughts. I thought about a lot of things. I thought about how this past magical month in Turkey has been. Everyday, the brilliant sun rises to meet us above the Babadag mountains and sets over the indigo waters of the Aegean.
I thought about what a blessing it is to come from a country with a privileged passport that allows us to visit many nations. As North Americans, we’ve taken that for granted. Many countries in this world don’t have the freedom to have other nations be so open with their borders.
I thought about how much I love living here. There’s a certain tranquility in this quiet beach town during low season. We’ve connected ourselves with a comfortable flow, going into town for Tuesday market to buy our fresh groceries. Enjoying bread still warm from the bakery every other day.
I can’t say enough about how much I like the locals here. There is a gentleness in their stagger and a tangible kindness, a servant’s heart and honesty. The men and male teenagers are chivalrous, always giving their seats for the elderly, women, and children on the dolmus (mini-bus). The call to prayer from the mosques several times a day are melodious and soulful. I feel welcomed and at home here.
“Hold my hand inside your hands. I need someone, who understands. I need someone, someone who hears. For you I’ve waited all these years. For you I’d wait till Kingdom come. Until my days, my days are done. Say you’ll come to set me free. Just say you’ll wait, you’ll wait for me” Kingdom Come by Coldplay
As I ran, regaining the strength of my body through my heartbeat, I contemplated on how wonderful this carved time has been for our family, so grateful for this nomadic journey. We’ve used our time to rest and catch up on our homeschooling and submit the children’s mid-year learning evaluations.
I thought about how much I love my family, and about the gift of joy and laughter my husband and children are. I ran with thanksgiving for our family and friends back home.
This evening I pondered God. He kissed me with the poetry of his sunset and sang to me in the tide of the sea. God laid His peace on me, and I felt His passionate love.
Running = Poetry = Prayer