Archive | September, 2014

Oceans

17 Sep

Sometimes in life you find that “place.” The place you can go and suddenly the rest of the world doesn’t matter anymore; where you can just disappear for a while. For me, that place is the ocean.
The ocean has always been my favorite place in the world. It’s my vanishing place; it’s where I go to let all the stress of work and school and life melt away. I’ve been to several beaches in my time; the Atlantic and Pacific; each coastline beautiful, each one unique. But there is one that holds a special place in my heart.
The white sand beaches of Destin, FL are my favorite. While the blue/green waters may seem average to some, this beach contains many of the best memories of my life. I remember walking along the coast one Spring Break on a family vacation; the sand felt like snow between my toes. I’ll never forget playing in the clear saltwater with my youth group when I was sixteen. It was in this sand that my brother and sister-in-law announced that I would become an aunt. It was this coastline where I said “YES” to spending the rest of my life with the man of my dreams. It was this beach where I spent the last vacation I would ever have with my Daddy and the first vacation with my niece and with my now husband.
At this place, though constantly moving and never silent, I am always filled to the brim with peace. It is my peaceful place, my happy place. I look out and see the water meet the sky. Never seeing where earth ends and Heaven begins. I look out and I see God. I see His beauty, His creation, His glory. The waves in constant motion singing praises to the Creator. A place filled with life and death; mystery and understanding.
I can’t help but be extra grateful when I’m at the ocean; just grateful to lay my eyes on something so beautiful and majestic. See, our lives can often be compared to the ocean waves. Here one minute and vanished the next. In the span of eternity our lives are so short. We have only one life and one chance to make a difference. I can also relate the waves to Christ’s forgiveness. When we ask for forgiveness for our sins, Jesus washes them away. He washes us clean and makes us white as snow. As the waves wash upon the shore of the white sand beach, I can’t help but think of how my sins have been washed clean through the Savior’s love.
Standing on the beach, with closed eyes, I listen intently to the sound of the crashing sea; my head is filled with memories and my soul is filled with hope. In this place I see the Creator and all His glory. I feel my sweet Daddy smiling down on me from Heaven. I feel hope for the joys to come and peace for any troubles ahead. And it is in this moment, that my heart is full.

-Mrs. Hannah D.

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