Diving into Terror

What terror found us at this beautiful picnic spot?



It was a beautiful day for a picnic!  My friend Penny and I  grabbed some summer fun on a visit to a Texas State Park.  Little did we expect the adventure and terror that would rise from the lake that we picnicked beside.

My friend Penny. Notice the clothes on the next table.

The table next to us contained food and clothing, but no one was there.  We expected them to show up any time, but they didn’t… until…

Creatures from the deep…

Out of the lake monstrous bubbles and two creatures appeared!  I was quite shocked! But – quickly realized what it was.  Take a look…. LOL!  Was I ever glad I wasn’t swimming with my back turned to these two creatures when they came up from the deep.  It could have been quite a shock!

We chatted with the divers as they walked out of the deep.  My friend Penny told them that she had always wanted to scuba dive, and was very excited to meet them.   The next words that came out of their mouths struck terror into my heart – 

“Would you like to try it?”

Ummm… me?……… I was thinking, “No way on this planet do I want to try that!”  Give me mountain climbing, repelling, rafting, rock climbing, but NOT scuba diving!  I’m a good swimmer, but the idea of scuba diving was very scary to me.  I was about to say no – when Penny said, “Sure!  I’d love to!  Could we?”  Oh brother, my friend was being brave – what could I do to get out of this situation?  Instead — aliens must have taken over my mouth because I said, “Sure we’d love to try it.”

"Sure, we'd love to try it." What was I thinking?

After a few instructions, Penny and I followed our two friends into the deep.  Penny went first and did a great job.

Penny did a great job!

Then it was my turn.  I knew this was only practice and that nothing could hurt me – but it was still scary.  After a couple of attempts at breathing with the regulator I made a short scuba snorkle of the great deep.

As the water closed over my head I had to fight my instincts that told me it was NOT right to breathe under water.  Opening my eyes to gaze around and telling my self to relax, I realized that this was actually a SUPER FUN experience!  WOW!  EXHILARATING! Scuba Diving where have you been all my life? Now I’d love to take a scuba class!

Kim (me) on the left. Facing the great deep. (:

A few days after this experience I felt God gently tugging at my heart.   The lesson I felt God showing me was one of trust.  I felt him nudging my heart as if to say, “There are many times you will need to face the great deep of trials — and just like a regulator – I will be there with you.”  Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

What kind of summer adventures have you had?  What lessons do you feel God showing you through your experiences?





About Kimberly Guthrie

Kimberly Guthrie loves adventures in the outdoors. National Park Ranger, Outdoor instructor, curriculum writer, teacher and guide at Mount St. Helens’ Seven Wonders Museum are some of her life adventures. Kim continues to write and teach about the outdoors. Currently, she serves as outdoor education consultant for Allaso Ranch near Hawkins, Texas. Kim holds a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from University of Central Arkansas and a masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Illinois University.
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6 Responses to Diving into Terror

  1. Gretta says:

    Amazing….there is no way I could scuba dive! I do not like being out in open water much less under it. Good for you though for doing it…and enjoying it!

    • kimgjones says:

      Hi Gretta! I think you are very adventurous too! I’m not sure how I would feel about deep scuba diving, but I was surprised to discover that the tiny bit of scuba that I did was actually relaxing. Hope your family is doing well! (: Thanks for the comment!

      In Christ,

  2. Penny Harper says:

    Thanks Kim. I had a fabulous time on my mini vacation with you, I am so grateful God put some new friends in our lives to share a new adventure with. I definately want to do this some more. I am glad God is my regulator. I have really needed Him this week.

  3. Kid Reporter Kaylee says:

    Wow, I’m impressed! Next time, can I go with you? ;)

  4. kimgjones says:

    Penny, thanks for coming! I had a blast too! I am so thankful to God for you! I love your spirit of adventure! I wouldn’t have tried this without your encouragement! I’m glad God is our regulator too! (:

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