Spiritual Me

January 29, 2017

A New Shore

Boat ride in Galilee

This past December the privilege of visiting towns on the banks of the sea of Galilee was bestowed upon me by some amazing miracle. This was a time of meditation and healing not to mention a new beginning.

Plenty of emotions and thoughts arose at the time, especially thoughts of gratitude. The words of Julie Andrews singing the Sound of Music’s “Something Good” surfaced in my mind. 

Perhaps I had a wicked childhood

Perhaps I had a miserable youth

But somewhere in my wicked, miserable past

There must have been a moment of truth


Nothing comes from nothing

Nothing ever could

So somewhere in my youth or childhood

I must have done something good

Love that song!

But for most of my time in Galilee, I could not stop singing a song from mass called “Pescador” in Spanish and “Lord you have come to the Seashore” in English. There is no way I can listen to this song without bawling, for I find its meaning profound. To leave everything behind; my old selfish ways, behavior and things that do not edify  sounds easy but it is not, especially during recent times. 

I had prepared for this meeting weeks before the trip, and it was finally here. During a cool, brisk morning I walked to the shore from my hotel room struggling to grasp the idea that I was in the same place Jesus once was. It was surreal to say the least. He was really here! I thought. I will finally have the opportunity to let go.

Meditating on the miracles, the teachings, the challenges He faced overwhelmed me. Being there was life changing.

I knew He was calling me. Like the song says:

O Lord, with your eyes set upon me,

gently smiling, you have spoken my


Or in Spanish:

Señor, me has mirado a los ojos

Sonriendo has dicho mi nombre…

Photo taken by me that cool morning.

Photo taken by me that cool morning.

My life came to a full circle. All that troubled youth and challenging past came to a halt. I felt His peace. It was time to leave “my boat”  and seek new shores with Him. The Spanish version of this song says “ En la arena he dejado mi barca. Junto a ti buscaré otro mar.” The English version does not refer to leaving a boat behind on the sandy shore and says “At your side,I will seek other shores.”

To me the boat is an analogy, for it represents my life; my old self. It was time to let go. To let go and let God as someone once said. With Him I will seek other shores. I will not lie, but it has been a slow process. Fear and doubt are devious companions, and have been for some time. But He calls, and He knows very well who I am and what I possess like the song says.

What will the future bring in this new shore? I do not know. All I know is that He walks beside me and everything will be all right.

hotel Ginosar

hotel Ginosar



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About the Author

Nydia O
A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.-Maya Angelou. La Vida Valle is where I write about "la vida" my life in the Rio Grande Valley. From this bi-cultural corner on the tip of Texas, I share my poems and my spiritual and travel experiences. I also blog about the arts, nature and my passion for historic preservation and architecture. But most importantly, let's talk about "la vida" - living our lives - in a vacation state of mind. Contributions and comments are always welcome .

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