Musings from Myrtle: Be Sure You Really See the Sea

Our family enjoyed a brief time of rest and relaxation with some dear friends at North Myrtle Beach this past week.  Myrtle has kind of become our “go to” beach for family vacations and we were blessed with an opportunity to be able to go and hang out with some wonderful people!

While sitting out on the beach late in the day one day, I was just looking at the ocean and suddenly was overcome with the “bigness” of our God.  I looked at the sand and thought, He knows exactly how many grains of sand are on this beach, and even in the ocean itself!  And here I was an extremely small spec next to this massiveness of creation.  I looked across the horizon and thought about how it looked like it went on into infinity.  Thoughts crossed my mind about the fact that our God has no end, or beginning, for that matter.  He is, always has been, and always will be, Almighty God, the Everlasting Father.  I looked at the power of the waves and how consistently they crashed on the shore and thought about how much they are like God’s grace.  It comes to us in waves and never stops.  It can overcome us or sweep us under in “waves of grace and love!”

I thought about God’s promise to Abraham after he, Abraham, had obediently taken Isaac up to Mt. Moriah to sacrifice him to God but God spared Isaac’s life and rewarded Abraham’s faith by saying, among other things,  Indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore;”  Genesis 22:17a (emphasis added) (NIV)

There are SO many references concerning the sea in Scripture. I think it is because the sea is SO powerful and SO awe-inspiring that God uses it in His Word because it is analogous with His power and strength and vastness. Verses like the following let us know that as big as the sea is God remains sovereign over it and controls it totally, for it says, He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; he puts the deep into storehouses. Psalm 33:7 (NIV) (Emphasis added)

Those must be some pretty amazing jars!!  Of course they’re God-sized jars, so naturally they wouldn’t be anything less!

The seas praise Him, Let heaven and earth praise him,  the seas and all that move in them.  Psalm 69:34 (NIV) Emphasis Added

God controls the sea,  He divided the sea and led them through; he made the water stand up like a wall.  Psalm 78:13 (NIV) Emphasis Added

God rules the sea,  You rule over the surging sea;  when its waves mount up, you still them.  Psalm 89:9  (NIV) Emphasis Added

He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.” Psalm 107:29 (NIV) Emphasis Added

Of course Jesus does too,  When He (Jesus) got into the boat, His disciples followed Him.  And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep. And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm. The men were amazed, and said, “What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”   Matthew 8:23-27 (NASB) Emphasis Added

The seas are mighty, but God is mightier than the seas,  The seas have lifted up, LORD,  the seas have lifted up their voice;  the seas have lifted up their pounding waves. Mightier than the thunder of the great waters,  mightier than the breakers of the sea— the LORD on high is mighty.  Psalm 93:3-4 (NIV) Emphasis Added

And of course, God created the seas,  He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— he remains faithful forever.  Psalm 146:6 (NIV) Emphasis Added

There are more, many more passages that relate the sea to the majesty of our God.  And I think that’s exactly what I experienced as I would look past the people, and all the distractions of the beach, and really focus on the amazing God who loves us enough to create something as  marvelous as the sea for us to enjoy!

So, next time you’re at the beach, be sure you really truly see the sea!

Something Old, Something New

This past week I was at The Cove in Asheville, NC, the Billy Graham Training Center, serving as worship accompanist for one of Bible Intensives.  The “old” part was being at The Cove, although it never gets old!  The “new” part was the speaker, Dr. Walter C. Kaiser and his teaching on the book of Daniel, a book that most of us, if we were really honest, would confess we don’t understand.  However, Dr. Kaiser brought us all a little closer to understanding this amazing book of the Bible and not only that, brought each of us into a closer relationship with our Heavenly Father.

The other “new” part and one of the wonderful benefits of being able to serve at The Cove while being a part of these seminars are the people you get to interact with.  I am grateful to God for the many conversations I’m able to have at these conferences with some precious, precious people.  To be able to hear their stories and struggles in life and learn about them as a person.  It is something that connects you with them on a such a deep level and then you quickly realize, you’re not the only one that has trials and tribulations in this world.  There is also the paradigm of seeing how connected we are as believers in the Body of Christ.  The Church is more than just the local body of believers that we are a part of each week and these events help me see that so clearly.

I’m grateful to the Lord for the health I’m enjoying right now and being able to attend and serve at these conferences. I love the fact that both the “old” and the “new” collide at these events and through that collision, I am the one who is always blessed.

Thank you Father for you continued faithfulness and love!