Ahhhhh. The ocean. Such majesty and power, but yet so calming and relaxing to our souls. The mysteries of the deep are intriguing, and its beauty is never dull to the eye. I cannot sit and look at the ocean without admiring the One who created it.
The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, Yea, than the mighty waves of the sea. Psalm 93:4 My son graduated in May, and we were fortunate to be able to go the the beach for a few days following his graduation ceremony. The beach is always so soothing to my mind and body. It is a place of astounding beauty. The soft sand squishing beneath my toes and the constant sound of waves crashing in is therapeutic. It is like it tunes out all the noise and distractions going on around you, or even those racing around in your mind and heart, and causes you to focus on the vastness of it's existence. You soon just hear the repetitive sound of waves rolling in, one after another. Every now and then you may get a couple of seconds of complete silence, causing your eyes to pop open only to see the next wave barreling onshore. One of my favorite things to do on a beach vacation is to get up to watch the sunrise. Sleeping in while at the beach is just not an option for me. I eagerly await each morning's arrival. The anticipation builds as I think of what shells I may find on the beach and what colors will be unveiled as the sun makes its appearance. One thing I did notice on this trip was that we, as humans, are not very good stewards of the beauty God has given us. As I walked the beach at the start of each day, there was garbage left behind from beach goers the night before. I thought, "How hard is it to take your trash with you when you go?". It got to the point it was frustrating me even more with each piece of garbage I picked up. The net I used for catching shells in the waves became my little portable trash bag each morning. I passed a lady one morning and she spoke the exact words running across my mind. "How can anyone see the beauty of the ocean and leave all this litter behind?" As I was grumbling about those who left their litter behind, God in his gentle ways, nudged my heart about looking at my own life. There is a lot of beauty in my own life, but I too, also litter it with the garbage of this world. Maybe it's the shows I watch, or the music I listen to. It could be the time I spend on social media when I could be spending it with him. Perhaps it's the lies I listen to from my enemy and instead of shutting them down, I let them linger so they start to take over my mind and root out God's truth about who I am. The choices I make each day can leave a trail of ugly on what God has called beautiful. The garbage in my life could come from what is being stored in my heart: resentment, jealously, bitterness, comparison and insecurity. The list could go on and on. We all know that life is messy. It is hard and complicated. But, it is also a gift, it is a blessing, and should be treasured. It should be protected and valued. Don't be a litter bug! Whether it is actually leaving garbage behind in God's wonderful creation, or letting the trash of this world pile up so much in your own life that it covers the beauty God has given you by allowing you to experience another day. What about you? Do you have anything littering your life today that needs to be cleaned up? I know I do. I encourage you to seek his help and do what you need to do to find the beauty again.
Keep moving forward,