16 Oct Beach, ocean waves and I weigh more than you..
Every few months, ocean tide permitting, our church holds worship service on the beach across the street from the church building. Cars arrive early in the morning and parking spaces are found in the church lot. Trunks are opened and beach chairs pulled out and carried to the location set up for the gathering.
“Good morning. How are you?” can be heard over and over. “What a glorious morning to worship the Lord!” “Wow, isn’t this the most beautiful day?” Conversations and greetings continue until we are all seated and the service begins.
Old friends, new friends, visitors from out of town… we all become one as we relax in comfortable chairs and prepare for a unique worship experience. This past Sunday, the sun was shining brightly and pelicans flew over the ocean, finally resting in a row on the water. I wondered if the pelicans were having church, too.
Prepared for service to begin, I calmed and noticed my surroundings. Slowly breathing in and out, I noticed bicyclists passing by, pausing to look at our group on the beach. Cars slowed as drivers and passengers glanced over to see what was happening. Fishermen on the small bridge stood and waited for their fishing lines to move.
The ocean waves moved in and out, in and out. The constant movement gave me the thought of how our passion for sharing God’s love can move in and out at times. Some days, we are full of excitement and movement in sharing God’s love and other days, we sink back into our own lives without using our words or actions to show others how much He loves them. Like the ocean, we can come in with power and then, like the ocean waves, we retreat. In and out…in and out…
Let’s make today full of sharing His love with others. Let’s make our actions and words glorify Him.
On another note… after service was completed and we prepared to fold our beach chairs and place them back in the trunk, Alan began wiping sand off of the bottom of the chairs. My chair barely had sand on the bottom. His chair was covered in sand. Sweet husband looked at me and said, “My chair has more sand on the bottom because I weigh more than you. My chair sunk further down in the sand.” What a sweet thing to say! 🙂
Have a blessed week! Remember to purchase your copy of “Licky the Lizard” on Amazon. Thank you.