Anyone who knows me, even a casual acquaintance, knows how much I love the beach. I love taking my coffee out on the hotel balcony before the sun comes up and just listening to the waves. I love sitting and sipping while seeing the sky turn from black to shades of pink and blue as the sun announces the beginning of a new day. I love the feel of the waves as they wash over my toes on the sandy beach. I love the sights and sounds and smells. Behati Prinsloo said, “The beach is definitely where I feel most at home.” I can say “The beach is definitely where I feel most with God.” I see His strength as well as His gentleness when I see the waves. I see His power as well as His provision in the storm. I look around me with true awesome wonder and think of scripture. As the sun begins to brighten the beach and surrounding area, I think about Genesis 1:3 when God said “let there be light” and there was light. Thank You, Lord, for giving that direction to the sun and to my life. The sun and Your word both brighten my path so that I do not have to go through my life living in darkness (Psalm 119:105). I go for a walk on the beach, and walking with my head down, I think of Psalm 3:3. Thank you Lord for lifting my head from shame and defeat by letting me know that my sins are forgiven, that You say to me what You said to Jerusalem “the battle has already been won” (2 Chronicles 20:15). I look out across the ocean and think of Psalm 104:25. Thank You that in that vastness You have placed creatures that I will never know as well as creatures that I will have for dinner! Billy Graham said, “I believe the greatest form of prayer is praise to God”, and Lord, I am praising You right now. Although I am quiet and still, my spirit is following the command of Psalm 150:4 and is like David in 2 Samuel 6:14. As much as I love the ocean, I know that one day it will cease to exist (Revelation 21:1). I love the beach. Anyone who knows me, even a casual acquaintance, knows that. But, I won’t care when that day comes because, like Jonathan Edwards, I believe that “To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here.” Thank You, Lord, that one day I will be there to fully enjoy You, but in the meantime, thank You for giving me this wonderful way to enjoy Your wondrous creation.
Psalm 104:1-3 – Praise the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty. He wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters. He makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the wings of the wind.
Habakkuk 2:20 – The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him.
When I awaken this morning, the world is still dark, and the only sound is the early morning song of the waves crashing to the shore. They sound so loud, but I think that’s because they aren’t yet competing with the hustle and bustle of people busy relaxing on vacation. I decide to get out of bed and have my quiet time while the ocean and I are the only ones up and moving. As I sit with my Bible and my cup of coffee, I open the balcony door to bring the sound I love so much just a little bit closer. Thank You, Lord for Your wondrous creation and for vacations so I can enjoy it!! The opportunity to have my coffee and my prayer time on the beach is just too precious to pass up so …….. to the sand I go. But, as I ‘m walking and silently singing glory to Your name, I see the sun start to rise. Pink rays are filling the sky with light. When I was a child, I thought that was You looking at Your creation. As an adult, I’m not sure that thought was incorrect. Verse 3 of Psalm 104 says that You lay the beams of Your upper chambers on the waters, and that’s what I am witness to this morning. So often my prayer time is a time of me doing all the talking, but I know that this is more of a Psalm 46:10 moment — “be still and know that I am God”. As I stop and watch pink rays become blue sky, I am overcome with Your presence and stand amazed. Habakkuk 2:20 comes to my mind. Lord, please help me to avoid all the busyness and noise that I allow to overtake Your calm and quiet voice. Help me to be still and stand silent before You.