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.
Genesis 1:10 – God called the dry land “earth,” and He called the gathering of the water “seas.” And God saw that it was good. (HCSB)
Proverbs 20:12 – The hearing ear and the seeing eye—
the Lord made them both. (HCSB)
I recently was having my coffee on the balcony overlooking the ocean. What an amazing way to start the day, Lord! The ocean is my most favorite place to be. Thank You, Lord, for creating this wondrous sight — beautiful white sand, darting gray birds, amazing blue water. Water that is constantly moving. Water that is gentle enough to tickle a child’s toes and powerful enough to wash entire cities away. Water that can house, feed, and sustain millions of creatures but isn’t able to quench the thirst of a single beachcomber. Water with waves for jumping, waves for riding, and waves that can take you down or take you away. There are so many songs about Your majesty and about the wonders of Your creation, but Lord, I stand speechless and overwhelmed in that You allow me to have this opportunity to be a part of this creation simply for my own pleasure. Jeremiah 1:5 says that before You formed me in the womb, You knew me. You knew that I would love everything about the seashore. You gave me the senses to enjoy the sight of the shoreline and the horizon, the sounds of the waves and the children at play, the smell of the sea and the sunscreen, and the feel of the sand washing over my feet as the waves go back out. I don’ t really enjoy the taste of seawater, but I do so love the taste of seafood!! How can anyone look at all of this and not know that You are wondrous and powerful. Micah 7:19 tells us that You have such compassion on us that You have thrown all of our sins into the depth of the sea. You are strong enough to create all of this power and beauty. You are generous enough to allow me to experience its majesty and wonder. You are compassionate enough to throw my sins away. You alone are Lord of Lords and King of Kings, and John 1:12 tells me that I am Your child. Thank You, Lord