And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:9-10, NIV.

Spending summers on the shore do more than simply offer rest. Every year is a new and fresh beginning. The scenery hasn’t changed, yet my heart anticipates surprises and experiences waiting to happen just for me.

Last week, the weather pattern brought our location a terrific storm. Gusting winds churned the waters of the ocean such that it appeared as if it were boiling. Foaming bubbles crashed down onto the sand with such force that a wall formed where once was a gentle slope. This morning, as I look out the window, all is quiet and still. The sea is like glass! The wall of sand is gone, and the gentle slope has returned, compliments of the ebb and flow of the tides.

If willing, one can learn a lot from time spent on God’s creation of the “seas.” Life is a lot like the weather on the shoreline; exciting, and ever-changing without warning. Just as people jump right into the waves in the ocean, we ride the rolling “waters” of our daily activities and relationships. Most times the experiences are fun and exhilarating. Other times we may feel as if we are tossed about with forces beyond our control, like being slammed against the rocky bottom of the ocean. When we finally emerge, we have scrapes and bruises caused by the experiences. 

Like the changing “tides,” life experiences take us by surprise. No matter! It’s no fun just watching from the land. Let’s grab that boogie board and jump in. Here comes a big one. Are you ready? Let’s go!      



  1. Mitchell Diann says:

    Before my husband died, we lived on the
    Chesapeake Bay, and every day was a new
    experience, watching the sunrise, seeing the
    dolphins jump, walking on the beach, we
    loved It all!!
    My husband’s name was Zebulon Vance Mitchell!
    Zebulun was one of the twelve sons of Jacob, one
    of the twelve tribes of Israel. Jacob meted out his
    land to his sons before he died and he said in
    Genesis 49:13 – Zebulun shall dwell at the shore of
    The sea; ESV
    We were so thankful to God for giving us this home
    for Vance to live out his last years. He was a wonderful Christian and loved the Lord; he knew everything
    came from HIM!

    Thank you for letting me share and for your wonderful devotional that brought back those memories

  2. Stephen jenkins says:

    One again thank you for sharing this wonderful prospective. There is something very reassuring about the tide that washs everthing away.

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