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Topic: Think (09/02/10)
TITLE: I Ponder as I Wander
By Barbara Lynn Culler
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I wander the shore; facing the amber-colored sun as it descends onto the horizon and a warm breeze blankets me like an embrace. I wrap my arms across my body and consider how God is my Light, My Shield and my Protector
Deep in thought, blissfully unaware of foamy ice water lapping at my ankles until I step on something that stabs my toe. Scooping out the offending object, I marvel at the complex creation of the lavender-hued spiral. As I rotate it, sparkles emit where the sun hits silver specks layered into the encasing. It is amazing to realize that a little creature once dwelled in this lovely little sheath.
Tossing the shell back into the water, I look out over the mysterious expanse of glittery sea that changes colors from blue to green to turquoise. The water comes in. The water goes out. In. Out. How does the ocean know where to stop on the beach and not go on and on?
Continuing my walk, I sink into soggy sand and leave a path of soupy tracks. I think of the story about Footprints in the Sand and of how God carries me when I am bogged down in weariness.
Entering rocky formations that shelter tidal pools, I gingerly climb over slippery black boulders until I reach the highest platform. From the elevated viewpoint that overlooks energetic waves crashing into the surrounding rocks, I dwell on the concept of how God is my Rock and Fortress
The sun is now sitting on the water and the sky is striped with pink, gold and orange against an indigo-glue background. How can anyone believe there is no God?
As I reflect on these things, I have an overwhelming desire to sing the old Hymn “How Great Thou Art”. With no thought of embarrassment, I raise my arms to God and sing to Him until the sun disappears.
I imagine Heaven to be like this: Praises given as I behold My Creator in all His Glory. But until that time comes, I will continue to ‘Meditate on His Word’ and ‘Think on these Things.’
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