Summer is upon us! Today, I am reflecting on my recent trip to the beach. Hoping you will find some time soon to enjoy a bit of summer fun.
For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness.
Psalm 26:3 – ESV
There’s something about summer in North Carolina that evokes a yearning for the ocean. Everywhere you go, people are talking about their upcoming trips to the beach.
I recently made my annual sojourn to sit on the sandy shores. Staring out across the dark blue water, I was struck afresh by the unceasing nature of the ocean. Stretching as far as the eye can see, the deep blue waters churn, bringing forth wave after wave of tumbling water. The waves rise and fall as they waltz their way toward the shoreline. One by one, they make their debut on the sandy stage. To the roaring applause of rushing water, the waves take a bow and then humbly retreat from center stage. It is a graceful dance that never stops.
Whether dawn is breaking or the moon is rising, the dance of waves continues. Though the seasons change, the waltz of the waves never ceases. There are easy days when the waves flow gently, their movements smooth and calm. When the storm clouds stir the sea, the intensity of the movement increases, bombarding the shore with its fury. Yet, the dance itself does not change.
The tide rolls in, rolls out. It goes on and on, forever. Unchanging, unceasing, unending. Just like our God.
The unceasing nature of the ocean reflects the very nature of its Maker. God is all powerful, all knowing, ever present. Nothing can stop Him. He never changes.
When the sun rises, our God is with us. When the sun sets, He is still there. When the moonlight shimmers across the waters, the Presence of God remains.
Though storm clouds may stir the sea and the waves tumble and crash all around us, God remains with us. He will not let the waves overtake us. He will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5)
God does not change. He is good and we can take refuge in Him. God does not stop. He is faithful to see us through the storms of life. God is ever present. We can count on Him. He is always working for our good. God’s love for us never fails. It goes on and on, forever.
So, my friends, when you make your summer sojourn to our sandy shores, take a moment to stare out to the horizon. Watch the waves tumble and crash before you. Breathe deeply and contemplate these Truths. God’s love for you will never change. It will never cease. His love for you will surely never end.
Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.
Psalm 33:22 – ESV
Almighty God, Your steadfast love endures forever. Your faithfulness never ends. You are always with us, watching over us, lifting our heads above the waves. O Lord, let us rest in the assurance of Your Presence. Let us place our hope in You alone. For Your great love for us goes on and on, forever.