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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Beach (07/04/05)

TITLE: God On A Beach
By Kath McN


This week I was away from home, staying in a small sleepy town by the sea. Apart from the instantly recognisable salty smell and the crying seagulls overhead, something else struck me as I walked across the smooth pebbles on the beach one evening. I was reminded so strongly of God's immense love and His awesome power all at once. I was brought back to all the simple truths I had forgotten about Him that are so often forgotten about in the mess of everyday life. And I was overwhelmed.

For me the presence of God has always been so real in the clouds- they convey the idea that God is gentle and flowing, yet so much bigger than us, seeing all. Standing still on the beach and just being in the midst of nature brings me back to the passage in 1 Kings 19 where God speaks to Elijah. Verses 11 and 12 say, "A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before God, but God wasn't to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but God wasn't in the earthquake; and after the earthquake fire, but God wasn't in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper." We donít need huge natural disasters or wonders to see Godís power and hear His voice, often Heís in the most gentle and delicate things that we fail to appreciate day by day.

Just sitting alone waiting for God is one of the most amazing feelings, and it's perhaps easiest to do when you're surrounded by what He's made. I believe that depicts something of how God wants His relationship with us to be; just still in His peace, at one with Him. Beaches can be over-crowded tourist spots that reek of human folly, but they can also proclaim and spill over with the promises of God.

As I stood there my mind buzzed with the presence of my Father. Watching the vast power of the waves and feeling the wind push against my face, I was reminded again of God, but in another way. In Psalms 139 verse 18 David describes God's thoughts- "I couldn't even being to count them- any more than I could count the sand of the sea." How many grains of sand are there on a single beach? Our God is so astounding! He stretches everywhere and has no end. We can never understand how he works! The sea, the sky and the sand may be used as similes of the character of God, but how wonderful is the thought that they can't even begin to sum Him up?

Christian, never let go of the promises of God- He who promised is faithful! Sometimes itís easy to feel like a grain of sand in the colossal beach of society, let in Godís family you are unique! Each one of those grains of sand is different if you look close enough, many people just donít take the time to look. Donít feel overlooked as just another statistic insignificant to God- Look to Jesus and feel His presence this season, for if you draw close to Him, He will draw close with you!

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Nina Phillips07/11/05
Amen, very good article. Strong constitution. God bless ya, littlelight
Christine Sparrow07/13/05
Well done fellow cloud lover. I'm never surprised to look up and read a story in the clouds.
Sitting alone and waiting for God, has got to be the highest privilege us humans can experience. So nice to read another voice who feels the same way. Well though and well written.
dub W07/13/05
May I echo, Amen? Very well done.
Shari Armstrong 07/14/05
Some very good points in this -nice images!
Beth Muehlhausen07/15/05
Thanks for these thoughts. Here's something I liked: "Sometimes itís easy to feel like a grain of sand in the colossal beach of society..."