beach scene

I’m not sure if it was Erich and Mallory’s wedding four hours away or Evan being hospitalized for almost a week recently or teaching full-time in a brand new job or trying to get ready for two weekend women’s retreats or remembering that I still have a family who needs to eat and a house that needs to be cleaned or a combination of all of the above that has sent me to this level of tired, but I am sure that somewhere along the way I came to the realization that …….

I need a few days to sit on a beach with a good book and NO PHONE SERVICE!

The smell of the salty air and the sound of the waves rhythmically hitting the coastline make my heart beat just a little more calmly.

The thought of pushing my toes down into the sand and leaning my head back so that the rays of the sun warm me from top to bottom brings a peace that I just don’t experience while zipping in and out of my driveway all afternoon after work for trips to the store, basketball practices, basketball games, church events, and every other outing that involves a car.

I’m reminded tonight, though, of Joyce Meyer’s words, “Where the mind goes, the man follows,” so I’m going to allow my mind to slip away to the beach for tonight.

Imagining all the emotions I would feel if I were sitting in a lawn chair just feet from the ocean’s shore is as close as I can get.

Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…….I hear something sweet.

Is that the ocean that I hear or something even better?????

Psalm 93:3-5

 The seas have lifted up, O 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.

Your statutes stand firm;
       holiness adorns your house
       for endless days, O LORD.

I feel better already.

Soaking up His Holiness,