My husband is in Pensacola tonight. Although I do enjoy being back in Texas, there is a definite longing in my heart to be back by the ocean. Our time in Florida was very special, and I am so grateful to our God for giving us the treasure of ocean waves and blue skies for a season. Why is it that I feel such a connection to the sea? I am not even a strong swimmer. When I visit the shore, I spend more time sitting in my chair letting the waves wash over my legs than I do actually frolicking in the water. The power of the surge is frightening to me, but still I am mesmerized by the beauty. I remember sitting on the beach with one of my close friends when suddenly I felt overwhelmed by the Lord’s presence. How powerful and majestic were our surroundings — I could smell the salt in the air, feel the warm breeze on my face and the soft sand slipping beneath my toes, hear the thunderous reverberations as the water crashed against the rocks — and suddenly I just knew the Lord was right there, looking at all he had made, saying that It Was Good!
I thought it would be nice to share some photos and some scriptures about the ocean.
6 The Lord merely spoke,
and the heavens were created.
He breathed the word,
and all the stars were born.
7 He assigned the sea its boundaries
and locked the oceans in vast reservoirs.
8 Let the whole world fear the Lord,
and let everyone stand in awe of him.
9 For when he spoke, the world began!
It appeared at his command.
8 O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies!
Where is there anyone as mighty as you, O Lord?
You are entirely faithful. 9 You rule the oceans.
You subdue their storm-tossed waves.
10 You crushed the great sea monster.[b]
You scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
11 The heavens are yours, and the earth is yours;
everything in the world is yours—you created it all.
7 I can never escape from your Spirit!
I can never get away from your presence!
8 If I go up to heaven, you are there;
if I go down to the grave,[a] you are there.
9 If I ride the wings of the morning,
if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
and your strength will support me.
21 Listen, you foolish and senseless people,
with eyes that do not see
and ears that do not hear.
22 Have you no respect for me?
Why don’t you tremble in my presence?
I, the Lord, define the ocean’s sandy shoreline
as an everlasting boundary that the waters cannot cross.
The waves may toss and roar,
but they can never pass the boundaries I set.
6 Then I heard again what sounded like the shout of a vast crowd or the roar of mighty ocean waves or the crash of loud thunder: “Praise the Lord!
For the Lord our God,[a] the Almighty, reigns.
7 Let us be glad and rejoice,
and let us give honor to him.
Let us give honor to him, indeed!