Last week was busy, really busy. And things stacked up – my things and Tom’s things. So we played “catch-up” for most of the week. But on Thursday Tom had a great idea – take the day off for a beach day !!!! My mind quickly flipped through my to-do-list and made a decision – the beach won out !!
The drive is beautiful. Once we leave the city the land quickly becomes lush, green and alive with new spring growth. Farms and vineyards nestled against mountain ranges stretch out as far as the eye can see. The shades of green are too many to count. The grapes are just starting to green and the hazelnut trees are waving their new leaves in the gentle breeze.
Soon we reach the coastal mountains and begin to climb uphill. The forest thickens and the light is filtered but still so beautiful you can’t stop looking. Tall pines reach for the sky that might have been here when the state was new. As we near the coast I roll down my window all the way and smell the salty air. Soon I can hear the calls of the sea gulls and hear the thunder of the surf. As we round a corner and get a glimpse of the blue water I can hear my gasp of awe……… It still gets me every time !!!!!
Last time we were at the coast we found a beach access road that lets us drive right down on the beach. The sand is packed and there is a place to park the car and get out and walk. But we pause for a few minute just taking it all in. The sun is sparkling off the water and the waves are white-capped. I feel myself let go of the breath that I had been holding and along with it went the stress and schedules that we had been working with for the last few days. And I began to feel the great majesty of the sun, sky and waves. I began to feel the presence of God. Now I don’t want you to think that I hadn’t felt God in the past week.
I did – I felt Him when we prayed for help in our work and a peace came over both of us. As we celebrated His Resurrection with our family, I knew He was there. I knew Him when new ideas came to mind to blog about. He was there when we got some unexpected money in the bank account. We felt His presence when we got word that a prayer had been answered for a friend.
But the beach presence was different. I felt small – very, very small. Not in a bad way small, but small in a way that I knew God was much bigger and taking care of my problems as only He can. The problems seemed diminished and God seemed much, much bigger. The cares of the last few days drained away with the thunder of the waves and the whistle of the wind.
The presence of God had been there last week but I had just brushed against it. Not stopped to feel it’s all consuming power. Not heard the whisper of caring because I was so intent on schedules and doing. But at the beach the waves and wind danced over me like the sweet love of God wrapping me in a blanket of love and care. We sat there for a long time just soaking the ocean in. The words to the old soul felt song “How Great Thou Art” rolled over in my mind and music filled my being. I felt the calm come over me as we walked the beach and looked for shells. Lunch was a PBJ sandwich and a banana but it tasted good – delicious in fact.
As we watched the sunset a deep trust welled up in me. God has my life in control and He is looking out for me in a way that only He can.
And I know that everything is going to be alright because…….. God is good all the time !!!! And I say amen – so be it.