Have you ever just stood by the ocean or a large lake listening to the waves and had the feeling that all of life’s worries just dropped away? This morning was that time for the Mrs. and me.
It was the second day of our mini-vacation by the lake. Before the younger ones were up, we decided to take a walk down to the lake shore together to get some ‘us’ time in. Just down the road from the cabin, a short walk away, there’s a small circle-drive that parallels the water with a beautiful view of the entire lake.
It was a cool morning (relatively speaking for Texas) and the breeze was blowing in from the east, causing the waves to splash against the shoreline. As we stood there, it was as though the weight of the world just rolled right off our shoulders. Each of us turned to the other and said we’d felt the same just standing there.
There’s something about the sound of waves splashing against the rocks that completely relaxes me. It’s probably one of my favorite things in all the world.
While in California, before moving to Texas, the apartment I lived in overlooked the bay in Foster City. It had a large glass door that I would leave open, so I could hear the waves all day, and at night when I slept. I contribute that view, and the proximity of those waves, as part of an emotional healing I went through at the time.
The walk this morning, more than anything, reminded me not to take life for granted. That, in all the stress and busyness, God’s still there. He chooses to speak to us in ways we can relate to. So many expect to hear Him speak in a voice or through a profound Bible verse (which He does do), but, in my experience, God likes to communicate with each of us individually in a way we can relate to.
Today, He chose to speak to the Mrs. and I through the subtle, calming waves of the water crashing against the shoreline. It’s a simple thing that many people might miss. Yet, in all His greatness, he can use the sound of the water to say to us, ‘everything’s going to be alright. I’m here with you and will take care of your children, your family, and your future.’
He’s just like that. If we look for him in the grand things, we’ll miss Him in the small, simple things. Personally, I think He likes relating with us in those terms. He wants us to seek Him. He enjoys the small pleasures we feel when experiencing His creation. Like any loving father would do, He takes pleasure in our happiness and hurts when we hurt.
If you’ve been waiting for Him to speak in a bold and unquestionable way, He may already be speaking to you, but not in the way you’re hoping. He may just be speaking through that smile of a friend, the sound of the bird singing, or, like today, the sound of the waves. Most of all, what He is saying is out of love. Because, God is love.
I want to encourage you today, if you’re seeking an answer to a question, guidance on which way to go, or help with an issue that you’ve been having to deal with for a long time, to take some time to get alone and just listen. It may be your back porch, a walk at the park, or a chair by the lake.
Wherever it is that you decide to go, He will meet you there. When He does, He will probably speak in a still, small, loving voice. It may even be a sense of peace and assurance that He’s there. For me, that’s all I need to know. Just one thing. That He is there. He’ll take care of the rest for me and He will for you too.
I’ll leave you tonight with the beautiful sunset on the beach video below. The first ten minutes are the best.
Wishing you all a blessed week ahead my friends,