[Warning: This blog post is heavy on the picture end. :-)]
Three weeks ago, my husband and I were able to take a five-day trip to York County, Maine. The only expenses we had to actually pay for were our meals, gas for the rental car, economy parking at the airport, and the jet-ski we rented for an hour the one day. Our flights, our rental vehicle, our two nights at the Nonantum Resort, and then two nights at The Cliff House were completely free!
I have always wanted to take a summer vacation to Maine at a place with direct views of the ocean. Our trip to Maine was a fulfillment of that dream!
Our first two nights in Maine, we stayed at the Nonantum Resort. Our room had a walk-out patio with direct views to the harbor. There were colorful ships anchored in the harbor, and there was a little lighthouse that we could see from our patio.
We enjoyed walking down to Kennebunkport, eating seafood, and taking a jet-ski out for an hour ride. We also enjoyed a beautiful sunset our first night at the Nonantum Resort.
Our first full day in Maine, we drove to see the Cape Nubble Lighthouse. It was windy but beautiful!
Our second full day, we rented a jet-ski. Here is what I wrote to some friends, regarding our jet-ski adventure: “So, I confess that I was scared, but I know it’s healthy to do things sometimes that scare you and that cause you to hang onto your husband and trust his skills. Yesterday, we did something on my bucket list: we went jet skiing. It was truly fun! I held on tight, and I watched his muscles flex as he steered us skillfully over the waves. A marriage of 16 years can still require growth and bring excitement. All good things…!”
Without kids, we slept in, ate late, took naps, relaxed, and just went with the flow of the day.
Our last two nights in Maine, we spent at The Cliff House. It was absolutely exquisite! There were no end to the pleasantries, fine details, and gorgeous views! When you drive up to the front entrance, you can see straight through the lobby to a stunning view of the ocean. There are two infinity pools and two large hot tubs. We enjoyed having one hot tub to ourselves the first night.
At the Cliff House, there are outdoor couches and even a large fire-pit for s’mores. We enjoyed roasting our own s’mores the second evening there. Both evenings, we enjoyed sunsets that bathed the sky and water in soft hues of pastel pinks, lavender, blue, and peach. (I saw the wine glasses left by guests and thought they made a lovely picture with the sunset in the background.)
Our final morning in Maine, we awoke early in order to watch a sunrise from our balcony. It was stunning!
As we took our time packing for our departure, we noticed that right outside our balcony/window, preparations were being made for a wedding. We had heard talk the previous night about a wedding taking place that day, but we had no idea that they would pick the location right outside our balcony!
I knew that God had something to tell me on this vacation, and I wasn’t mistaken.
I knew that even the places where we stayed had significance. We started at the harbor with gorgeous views and then moved to a place with a high, cliff view and the immense ocean spread out below. God began to softly speak to my heart and tell me that the ocean was to represent the ocean of His love for me. I saw it bathed in many hues of pinks and reds — all colors that represent love. I knew the views I was seeing had a message for me because God was also speaking to my heart gently at the same time.
When we first arrived at the Cliff House, I felt like an intruder, like I didn’t belong, and even like it was wrong for me to enjoy such a place because it might be materialistic to enjoy such a lovely place. God immediately began to address those lies. He not only told me that the place was a gift for me to enjoy because He loves me so much but also I am to receive His love. He then revealed to me that I so often live the same way when it comes to the spiritual realm. I so often feel like the best is for super-Christians and that it’s pride to even want a ministry. He revealed to me that I hold back from receiving from Him because I keep acting like a servant instead of a daughter. I keep acting like I have to earn and work to keep my position instead of receiving it as a beloved daughter.
God also showed me that the wedding outside our balcony was to represent that just as a marriage is two becoming one, God is inviting my husband and I to go deeper with Him and to become more “one” with Him. I feel so humbled as I comprehend more of the depths of His love for me!
Maine was truly incredible, but the lessons I learned there are the memories that remain the longest and are the most precious!
(Last pictures are from our last morning in Maine:)