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Topic: Beach (07/04/05)
TITLE: God On A Beach
By Kath McN
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For me the presence of God has always been so real in the clouds- they convey the idea that God is gentle and flowing, yet so much bigger than us, seeing all. Standing still on the beach and just being in the midst of nature brings me back to the passage in 1 Kings 19 where God speaks to Elijah. Verses 11 and 12 say, "A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before God, but God wasn't to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but God wasn't in the earthquake; and after the earthquake fire, but God wasn't in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper." We don’t need huge natural disasters or wonders to see God’s power and hear His voice, often He’s in the most gentle and delicate things that we fail to appreciate day by day.
Just sitting alone waiting for God is one of the most amazing feelings, and it's perhaps easiest to do when you're surrounded by what He's made. I believe that depicts something of how God wants His relationship with us to be; just still in His peace, at one with Him. Beaches can be over-crowded tourist spots that reek of human folly, but they can also proclaim and spill over with the promises of God.
As I stood there my mind buzzed with the presence of my Father. Watching the vast power of the waves and feeling the wind push against my face, I was reminded again of God, but in another way. In Psalms 139 verse 18 David describes God's thoughts- "I couldn't even being to count them- any more than I could count the sand of the sea." How many grains of sand are there on a single beach? Our God is so astounding! He stretches everywhere and has no end. We can never understand how he works! The sea, the sky and the sand may be used as similes of the character of God, but how wonderful is the thought that they can't even begin to sum Him up?
Christian, never let go of the promises of God- He who promised is faithful! Sometimes it’s easy to feel like a grain of sand in the colossal beach of society, let in God’s family you are unique! Each one of those grains of sand is different if you look close enough, many people just don’t take the time to look. Don’t feel overlooked as just another statistic insignificant to God- Look to Jesus and feel His presence this season, for if you draw close to Him, He will draw close with you!
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