Updated: Mar 28, 2022
Swaying palm trees twinkle their leaves like a paradisian xylophone. Waves surge and crash, laughing at those who dare to enter their realm. What power and might arise in each swell and clammer, meeting the ocean floor with an aggressive kiss.
Doors creak as salt sprinkles on their already rusting hinges. A breeze whips throughout the pathways, leaving a relaxing aroma in its wake. Clouds threaten to dump their collections on the algae-encrusted shore below, but just as they begin to let go, they change their minds and keep their wonders to themselves. The shy, rising sun allows its rays to peek outside of the less-threatening puffs, creating light shades of pink and purple across the sky.
I wonder and I pray as my feet cast their fleeting footprints along the soft, giving sand-only to be washed away by the rogue spurts of ocean foam.
In the midst of my awestruck marvel, a scripture comes to mind:
“‘Who shut up the sea behind doors
when it burst forth from the womb,
when I made the clouds its garment
and wrapped it in thick darkness,
when I fixed limits for it
and set its doors and bars in place,
when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther;
here is where your proud waves halt’?’”
- Job 38: 8-11
Looking toward the sun beginning to boldly cast its fiery orange rays across the horizon, I revel in my Father’s majesty. He spoke the world into existence. He holds the power of the sea in His hand. He knows the number of grains of sand dispersed around me. And yet, in all His vast power, wisdom and strength, He cares for this small, insignificant soul staring into the cerulean ocean’s controlled chaos.
I linger in this moment, not wanting to miss what my Father has for me. Begrudgingly, I soon turn away from the earth’s silhouette of His glory and return to my present reality with a peaceful spirit and a satisfied soul.
God’s creation gives us an easy opportunity to stop and applaud Him.
Next time you find yourself walking through nature, take a moment to stop and meditate on these verses:
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” - Psalm 19:1
“Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let
the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.”
- Psalm 96:11-12
"In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is
his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.”
- Psalm 95:4-5
“‘But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or
speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all
these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every
creature and the breath of all mankind.’”
- Job 12:7-10
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