Tuesday, June 16, 2009

crashing waves

Our family just returned from a great time of vacation at the beach.  This and I love the water (my bride likes to look at the water).  We noticed the beauty of the breaking waves.  Yeah, they often push us, crash against us, draw us underwater and the like.  But as we stood out in the deep part (as the kids like to call it) we could often see next to us the awesome sight of a breaking wave, the curl it makes on top and the scene of before and after the break.

You have to catch it fast.  You cannot enjoy it long.  But it is gorgeous.  Sometimes you have to stop, focus on something, block out some things around you and just take in what you get and see.

Life is a lot like that.  Take in what God provides.  Here is my point:

Proverbs 16:33 (nlt) --- We may throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall.

We are out there fighting waves.  And all the sudden there is a beautiful scene.  My middle daughter and I watched for what seemed like hours.  We were amazed.  God created some cool things.

One of my favorite things to do while at the beach is take in all that God created.  I hope that I took in even more this time of my family and those special moments we create together.  Those are sweet times.  I remember those crashing waves.  I've always been inspired by them, loved them and such.  The family washed a surfing movie one morning this week, and putting that with watching those waves was so cool.

Our God intends for us to be in life even when the waves are crashing.  All the while we can and should and must notice the awesome things that God is doing.

In my quiet time this morning and in the message we heard at church last Saturday night, I heard this scripture where Peter says out loud what he believes about God.

Matthew 16:17 (nlt) --- Jesus replied, "You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being.

We too need to live what we learn from God.  Those crashing waves kind of moments will take a long way days after we have left the beach.

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happy birthday, Julie

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