Tuesday, October 30, 2012

This is the Day!

Around eight years ago, when I was at middle school, studying in Bahrain, my school had organized a summer camp in the Nilgiri Hills of southern India. My parents were organizing the whole trip, so I was automatically included in the team. The week long trip included visits to wildlife centers in Bandipur, Top Slip, and Parambikulam Dam, all of which are well known among nature and wildlife aficionados in southern India. But the highlight of the trip for me was a visit to Avalanche lake, about which I have blogged earlier.

If you were to ask me to describe paradise, I would point out to Avalanche. Far from the glare of city lights, (in fact, not many people, even from Ooty and around, are aware of the existence of such a place) surrounded by the pristine blue waters of the Avalanche lake, and the emerald green expanse of forests, this place is an absolute reminder of God's wonderful ways. I could go on about Avalanche, but rather sadly, I haven't been able to visit after that particular trip.

What reminded me of Avalanche all of a sudden was a song that has been stuck in my head all day long:

This is the day, this is the day
That the Lord has made, that the Lord has made.
We will rejoice, we will rejoice
And be glad in it, and be glad in it!

The camp at Avalanche was run by the Scripture Union, and I remember the volunteer who guided us along our journey. Wilson  helped us with our kayaking expeditions around Avalanche Lake, and organized trekking trips across the mountains and forests. Best of all, after dusk, we would gather around a camp bonfire, and sing together, and this was one of the songs Wilson taught us, an unruly set of school kids, that day. Ever since then, when this song comes to my mind, I am immediately transported back to Avalanche, where the heady scent of the eucalyptus trees mingles in the refreshingly cold mountain air. At the same time, the tune and the words are so cheerful that it instantly puts a smile on my face, even if I am having an absolutely horrid day. Just goes on to show that every day is the Lord's day, and each day needs to be celebrated. This is the day! :)

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

This is the Day!

Around eight years ago, when I was at middle school, studying in Bahrain, my school had organized a summer camp in the Nilgiri Hills of southern India. My parents were organizing the whole trip, so I was automatically included in the team. The week long trip included visits to wildlife centers in Bandipur, Top Slip, and Parambikulam Dam, all of which are well known among nature and wildlife aficionados in southern India. But the highlight of the trip for me was a visit to Avalanche lake, about which I have blogged earlier.

If you were to ask me to describe paradise, I would point out to Avalanche. Far from the glare of city lights, (in fact, not many people, even from Ooty and around, are aware of the existence of such a place) surrounded by the pristine blue waters of the Avalanche lake, and the emerald green expanse of forests, this place is an absolute reminder of God's wonderful ways. I could go on about Avalanche, but rather sadly, I haven't been able to visit after that particular trip.

What reminded me of Avalanche all of a sudden was a song that has been stuck in my head all day long:

This is the day, this is the day
That the Lord has made, that the Lord has made.
We will rejoice, we will rejoice
And be glad in it, and be glad in it!

The camp at Avalanche was run by the Scripture Union, and I remember the volunteer who guided us along our journey. Wilson  helped us with our kayaking expeditions around Avalanche Lake, and organized trekking trips across the mountains and forests. Best of all, after dusk, we would gather around a camp bonfire, and sing together, and this was one of the songs Wilson taught us, an unruly set of school kids, that day. Ever since then, when this song comes to my mind, I am immediately transported back to Avalanche, where the heady scent of the eucalyptus trees mingles in the refreshingly cold mountain air. At the same time, the tune and the words are so cheerful that it instantly puts a smile on my face, even if I am having an absolutely horrid day. Just goes on to show that every day is the Lord's day, and each day needs to be celebrated. This is the day! :)

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