Log Jam in Oclawaha

We took Friday off and headed out to the Ocklawaha River north of Silver Springs to do a kayak trip from the Ray Wayside park at the SR 40 bridge to go north to Gore’s Landing, about 9 or 10 miles north.  We had a pick up vehicle put there early in the morning and we went to Ray Park.  Were in the water paddling by 830am.  Several groups and couples were there but they all went to the south on the Silver River toward Silver Springs.  We were the only 4 to go north.  I was pleased that we got the river to ourselves.  I was also curious as to why no one joined us.  Seemed suspicious. 

We have done this before so it is a familiar paddle.  Takes about 4 to 5 hours.  All with the current…. some obstructions but really a neat paddle.  Hot during the summer like we did it but still worth the work.  We had enjoyed a lunch, a good time, saw otters, alligators, turtles, fish, birds of all kinds…great scenery.  No other people.  We were nearing the 5 hour mark when it dawned on me why there was no one on the river with us.   We reached a log jam.  A total obstruction.  Logs, looked like a large maple and a very large gum tree blown over totally across the river.  No water passage.  Period.  No one was on the river here because it means taking the boats out of the water some  distance back…..carrying the boats around the obstruction on dry land…..getting all the materials back in the boat…..getting the boat back in the water….just about a 30 minute extra difficulty. 

We thought about going back…..5 hours against the current…did not make sense… we had to go on.  John 16:33 came to my mind…..in this world you will have trouble, but I have overcome the world.  I thought about what Jesus had overcome….what I needed to overcome in my life.  Not just logs on a river with my brother, sister and daughter….but the logs in my life.   Log jams…. got to pick up my boat.  And  you?  Got any logs in your life?




Was talking to a co-worker of mine today, Kevin, and he said that we had a work ethic but what about a play ethic.  He was hitting on me a little cause he rode his motorcycle to Flagler Beach yesterday, sat near the beach…hooked up his I-phone to his Mac and played around and ….well, worked some.  He was really playing but tried hard to convince me he was working….near the beach.  Cool.  He knew that  I was taking a Kayak trip Friday with one of my daughters, my brother and one sister.  SR 40 to Gore’s Landing.  So we tossed around how important it is to work… but also to play or….rest.

So, I was thinking about …..play ethic…or time away from work…. and I thought about Exodus 20:8….one of those darned commandments.  The 4th one.  New Kings James says to keep the sabbath holy.  Sort of starchy all alone.   But when you drill down a little and sort of stretch this thing out..like with The Message,…..Commandment 4 is wanting us to sort of rest and honor God…

Now, there is a lot of scripture about us now, after Christ, not having to worry about which day is the sabbath and that day being the worship God day…nother blog on that one day…. but I got to thinking about me, Frank, Becky, Emily and then what Kevin, my co-worker said about work and play ethic…. and I realized this was…well, scriptural.  Kayaking…riding a scooter to Flagler Beach or whatever you to do relax… is scriptural.  Especially when you want to honor God.

You have a hobby… then do it.. but honor God with it.  You have something you like to do…. then honor God with it.  Take a day of rest.  Worship God on that day and unhook.  Then get back to work…. remember,  it said one day….We get the weekend.



I will be at the beach and on the Kayaks with my kids the next few days.  My big sister has rented a house on the beach in Flagler Beach so it will be a great weekend. 

Please think about this country and how much, despite our attempts to mess it up, God still loves us.  I will be out of the blog until late Sunday night, watching the sun set over Strickland Bay.