Wednesday, July 12, 2017
On the beach outside of Wilmington, North Carolina
Walking by beautiful houses all in a row with perfect white porch rails and muted pastel colors. Each house sitting up tall and peeking over the dunes as if to get a look at this great thing we call the sea. The sunlight glistening all bright and shiny with an almost silvery trail through the water as it begins to rise. So powerful and majestic. White foamy waves crashing gently on the shore. Giving just a hint of the strength that lies beneath. But their gentle whisper is calming and soothing to the soul. Washing away anything ugly on the shores and leaving behind colorful, sparkling treasures for curious little ones to find in the sand.
And it reminds me of You. I see but the surface of You. Only a hint of the greatness and power that lies within is evident to my frail, human eyes. But what I can see is so awe inspiring. Heart quieting. Be still my raging thoughts! Hear the sweet whisper of His calming voice beckoning me to peace. A gentle whisper that also roars with strength.
And even when the weather is cold or stormy the sea remains. Unmoved. Hidden from me. The waves continue to pound relentlessly with their whisper call regardless of sun or clouds. I just don't see it because I don't come very often. Only when it's warm and the conditions are right in my life. And so it is with the Lord. You are ever present. Ever steady. Ever here. Ever calling. We should slip down to the edge of Your presence to sit in the quiet more often. Wind, rain, storm, heat, or cold... You never change. But the opportunity for us to be changed by coming close to You is always there. Your love. Beckoning. Deep calling to the deep hidden in us.
David said my heart pants like a deer for water. It longs for you, Lord. Stir up a hunger within us God. To visit your shores daily. Your word says it is the glory of God to conceal a matter but the glory of kings to find it out. Help us to dig our toes into the sandy beaches of the knowledge of You and unearth the treasures that You have waiting for us. Hidden in your word and in Your presence.
Some treasures are for us, and some are for us to unearth and take to others. The thrill of excitement in my children's eyes is priceless when they find a whole shell. They marvel that even far away from the beach they can hear the echo of the waves when they cradle it close to their ears. And it's His plan for us to find treasures and take them to others. When they hold it up to their own ears, they can hear the sound of their Daddy's powerful whisper calling to their hearts. Echoing over and over again with a heartbeat that says I love you. With the whisper that is inviting them to the shore themselves to find the many treasures awaiting them.
For the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Awaken our hearts, Lord, that we might be wise and not miss those hidden things that were meant to be found.