July 30th 2013
Contentment can come with simplicity.
Simplicity comes to me when I am the midst of God’s creation.
Nothing else around, just me, just You.
In this life it is so difficult to have time away from anything man made so when I get the privilege to be in the midst of what God created from absolutely nothing I jump at the chance. Where the land reaches the water is one of my favorite places on the face of the planet. Don’t get me wrong, I love my mountains with the cool air paired with sporadic rain and temperatures, but the beach is something I don’t see everyday.
It’s freeing to be sitting in water that ripples and moves you on its own. Today I just sat there. I just sat in the water and let the waves move me. I like that I can’t see where the water ends because it leaves a partial mystery mixed with a sense of wonder as to what’s out there. But sometimes I think fighting the good fight is like fighting the waves so that they won’t take you under.
Sin is always there in the back of our minds and just out of our reach, maybe within reach, whispering to suck us in and bring us down. As I am fighting the waves to keep moving or not get swallowed with salt water, I think about how fighting the good fight as God’s warrior is a constant battle to not give in to what may be easier at first but more defective in the long run. There can be moments of stillness where you are able to rest in God’s love for you but when the battle gets hard we don’t just throw ourselves out of the race.
As I sat at the shoreline, I was drawing in the sand, and immediately it would be washed away when a wave would run over it. I think that is what God does with us when we mess up, only instantaneous. I don’t think He gives it a second thought whether we are forgiven or not. He just loves us too much. He wipes us clean and if we wait long enough He might turn the mirror around to let us get a glimpse of ourselves the way that He sees us. I think when he allows our sin to disappear in His view He offers it to disappear in our own. Sometimes, we have a hard time letting go.
I stay where You stay, I go where You go, because my hope is in You.
So God has given both His promise and His oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to Him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.