|Outside the turtle sanctuary!|
|This actually isn't a selfie - my Mum took it haha :P|
|Such gorgeous sunsets!!|
|We went to a beach banquet that night!|
The next day, we hired a car, and went for a drive around the beautiful island of Moorea! It was very strange for us, because the car was a left-hand drive, and you drive of the right side of the road there - it is the opposite here in New Zealand! :) But it was very exciting too.
|The highest point you can drive to on the island!|
Then we went and visited some ruins of an ancient island temple - or marae. It was very interesting! It is one of the few remaining temples throughout French Polynesia, as most of them were destroyed by the early European settlers. It is a very strange feeling being somewhere where human sacrifices were once made...
But it sure is fascinating too!
|Our purchase from the French speaking lady's shop!|
|Sunset again <3|
I did a second dolphin encounter that afternoon. This one was a proper swim with the dolphins - I even got an underwater ride :D Definitely one of my best ever memories <3
|My new friend, Lokahi|
|Our last morning on Moorea Island|
|My lovely mother in the breakfast room!|
|And me in the breakfast room :)|
|The one semi-good photo we managed to get of me and my|
brother haha - it took ages to get one :P
It was a truly incredible holiday, and I know those memories will last a life-time. But aside from it being such a wonderful destination, and everything, our time away was such a blessing!! Early 2013 was a pretty stressful half-year for my family, with my brother being really sick, and just with lots of commitments. I had also been struggling with stress about my future, and where God was wanting me to go with my life. But those ten days were a complete respite from any worries or concerns, a time just to pray, and meditate on God's words and to praise His incredible name. And when I stopped worrying, things became much clearer. In Tahiti, I re-learnt an important lesson - we need to take time away from everything sometimes, to just spend time with God, and to focus on Him instead of our concerns. And often, our concerns will melt away entirely. Sometimes, like with our amazing Tahiti holiday, God will provide that time in an obvious way, other times, we have to make time for it.
Whilst we were in Tahiti, I was reading an amazing book called "In the Pursuit of God" by A.W. Tozer - I'll review it for you all at some point - which was a really good reminder of how we actually have to work on our relationships with the Lord, and seek Him. And if we seek Him, He will watch over us and guide us. When you turn to God for help and guidance, He will give you rest, He will steady your heart.