Beach Lessons,  Lessons,  Spiritual Growth,  Trial

The Changing Landscape

Each morning while at the beach, my hero husband goes down early to claim our spot on the beach. Each day, where he puts our chairs changes a little. We’ve watched the changes as the surf has gone from calm to strong. 

When we first got here, the beach was level at the shore. Easy to roll our beach buggy onto. But as the waves got choppier, we began to see a “cliff” form at the shoreline. We talked about how it will be harder to be beachfront with that drop off. I love watching thees shoreline changes each day.

One morning the attribute of God I was focusing on was found in Ecclesiastes 11:5, Just as you don’t know the path of the wind, or how bones develop in the womb of a pregnant woman, so you don’t know the work of God who makes everything. 

Paul echoes this in Colossians 1:16-17, For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things have been created through Him and for Him.

He is maker of EVERYTHING! Including the daily formation of the shoreline. 

Then the Lord reminded me, He is not only creator, He is also sustainer of all of life. We see that in Isaiah 46:4, I will be the same until your old age, and I will bear you up when you turn gray. I have made you, and I will carry you; I will bear and save you. 

Like the shoreline life changes, at least a little, every single day. Sometimes in small ways like, for instance we are one day older than the day before. Easy to manage like a gentle seaside slope. Other times in huge ways. Some look like the “cliffs” on the shore that are hard to climb. Some are welcome changes, others unwelcome and often unexpected that we did not see coming.

Change will come, but Jesus promises to be the same yesterday, today and forever. And He promises to walk with us every minute of every day, sustaining us as we walk in faith. That’s the good news as our landscape shifts day by day.

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