I’ll never forget the day I first saw that ocean. I was 19 or 20 (I did forget the actual date, but I’ll never forget the actual moment) A group of friends had gathered at my apartment after work one night and the topic of the beach came up. I mentioned I had never been, and two of my friends decided we should remedy that. We had the next couple of days off, so we jumped in the car, with nothing but a toothbrush and a swim suit and drove from Louisville, Ky down to Destin, Florida.
The moment we got within distance of the ocean, I ran to the beach and sat watching the water roll in and out. It wasn’t the best weather day. It was cloudy and a little windy, but that did not deter my wonder as I was captivated by the waves. For the next couple of days I had many more moments of awe as I spent hours watching the beauty of God’s creation. Thus started my love for the beach!
For the past ten and a half years I have had the privilege to live 10 minutes away from the ocean and I take advantage of it is much as I can. I have also been blessed to see some other great beaches . Here are a few that I love!
Boca Raton, Fl (Our honeymoon spot!)
Harbor Island, Bahamas (the sand is pink and sparkly!)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Only saw this from the street, but I am going back one day soon!)
Pensacola Beach, Florida
And where we spend most of our beach time in Ormond by the Sea!
In Job 38:8-11 The Lord says to Job 8 Or who shut up the sea with doors when it broke forth and issued out of the womb?—9 When I made the clouds the garment of it, and thick darkness a swaddling band for it10 And marked for it My appointed boundary and set bars and doors,11 And said, Thus far shall you come and no farther; and here shall your proud waves be stayed?
I love what it says in the Message Bible- And who took charge of the ocean
when it gushed forth like a baby from the womb? That was me! I wrapped it in soft clouds, and tucked it in safely at night. Then I made a playpen for it, a strong playpen so it couldn’t run loose,And said, ‘Stay here, this is your place. Your wild tantrums are confined to this place.’
Every time I see the ocean, wherever it may be, I am reminded that the God I serve is the one who created it, and keeps it in it’s place. How awesome is He!
How about you? What’s your favorite beach spot, or non beach spot?