Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2012
in Emotional, How To, Social, Spiritual, Values
While in Oahu Amy and I stayed at a beautiful place close to the ocean.
“Close” is an understatement. Outside our cottage was the beach. Twenty or thirty feet of beach and a subtle slope separated us from the ocean.
On that beach, sitting in a lounge chair, feet away from the ocean I took pictures of the best sunrise of my life.
Most people I know have been captivated by shorelines. Decide for yourself. What thoughts or feelings come to mind when you see these pictures?
Do your first and foremost thoughts include, “Wow!” and “Beautiful!”? If so, me too.
As my new Steamboat Springs friend Michelle reminded me this week, it’s God who designed and guards the shorelines:
It’s God, “Who kept the sea inside its boundaries,
(declaring), I locked it behind barred gates,
limiting its shores.
I said, ‘This far and no farther will you come.
Here your proud waves must stop!’ 2
But, sometimes, for reasons that science only begins to explain those shorelines, those boundaries are breached.
Inside that cottage in which we stayed were obvious signs of damage.
Even though we were thirty feet and a slope from the ocean their was wood damaged four inches from the floor in the back of the cottage. Those boundaries had been crossed. I never asked anyone when it happened, but I did want to know.
I assumed it was caused by the tsunami that had hit Hawaii the year before.
When shorelines are crossed, bad things can happen.
Sloppy Messes of Life
Our Creator designed oceans, and shorelines, sunrises and sunsets, and you and me.
Our Creator also laid out boundaries for us. And, like a tsunami, sometimes we breach those boundaries with disastrous results.
Friends become enemies.
Lovers become haters.
Parents become pariahs.
Ministers become mashers.
Men become mean.
Women become wicked.
Why? Boundaries have been crossed.
Are you in a sloppy mess of life? Feeling like the beauty is lost and the damage may be irreversible? I’ve been there, it’s a terrible place to be.
Fortunately, our Creator gives us hope. We can reverse the flow. We can begin to change how we have been living regardless of what anyone else chooses. If we followed our Creator’s advice we would be doing our best to return beauty to our world. Here’s some of our Creator’s advice I’m embracing this week:
“Love others well, and don’t hide behind a mask; love authentically.
Despise evil; pursue what is good as if your life depends on it.
Live in true devotion to one another, loving each other as sisters and brothers.
Be first to honor others by putting them first. 11Do not slack in your faithfulness and hard work.
Let your spirit be on fire, bubbling up and boiling over, as you serve the Lord.
Do not forget to rejoice, for hope is always just around the corner.
Hold up through the hard times that are coming, and devote yourselves to prayer.
If people mistreat or malign you, bless them. Always speak blessings, not curses.
If some have cause to celebrate, join in the celebration.
And if others are weeping, join in that as well.
Work toward unity, and live in harmony with one another.
Avoid thinking you are better than others or wiser than the rest;
instead, embrace common people and ordinary tasks.
Do not retaliate with evil, regardless of the evil brought against you.
Try to do what is good and right and honorable as agreed upon by all people.
If it is within your power, make peace with all people.” 3
This is mysilentscream, “Those shorelines are beautiful too!
1 – What thoughts and feelings — besides jealousy — which would have been my first thought if I didn’t see them myself.
2 – Job 38:8-11, NLT
3 – Romans 12:9-18 in The Voice Translation of the New Testament online here.