A Closer Walk

Yesterday’s worship service was a bit unconventional in that I didn’t actually get dressed in my Sunday best, drive to church, and enjoy talks, hymns, prayers with others. Nope. I needed a “closer walk” yesterday so I went to the seashore and saw God everywhere.

He was in the roar of the ocean, the seabirds gently floating on the water, the small white birds looking out to sea, the people collecting shells, the sun on the horizon,  the sea oats, the sun glinting on the wave tips…and so on. The birds flying overhead in V-formation were awesome too. I walked (more like sauntered) along and thought for the umpteenth time of what a beautiful world our Creator designed for us.

 I also thought of those verses in Psalms where we’re told that we can never go from His spirit or flee from His presence…not even in the uttermost parts of the sea.  He always knows where we are and what we’re up to. I thought of how fortunate I was to have legs, lungs, and a heart that allowed me to stroll along and enjoy the majesty of the morning. I thought of how angry the sea can be at times and how Christ, the Master of earth, ocean, and sky, calmed it so many times. I also thought of how much Christ apparently loved the seashore as much as I do because he sure spent a lot of time there.

Refreshed and calm, I left the strand and headed home.  Today I’m looking at the tiny shells I collected and remembering the peaceful, yet almost joyous, feeling I had when I picked them up, still wet and fresh from the sea.

Author: jayne bowers

*married with children, stepchildren, grandchildren, in-laws, ex-laws, and a host of other family members and fabulous friends *semi-retired psychology instructor at two community colleges *writer

4 thoughts on “A Closer Walk”

  1. shame, shame, you din’t go to your lds churches services????oh my, and i would guess you are probably ok with the health bill that just passed tooo??in all your meditating out there did you stop and thank god that you live in a wonderful place like america???????????

    Putz, are you trying to give me a hard time??? Always at the top of my list is gratitude for living in the land that's choice above all others.

  2. p.s. the lat time i saw a picture of that boardwalk is when it had snow all over it and that was just a few days ago

    Isn't it amazing?

  3. For some reason I always feel God in the sea. Particularly a solitary walk in the sea. Another good place is on top of a mountain, of course, or beside a mountain lake. I just love nature’s temples.

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