I’m at the beach this week. I’m here to work on my writing; awaiting the flow of creativity and instead I find myself drowning in reality. My mind is filled and fuzzy with all the uncertainties in life right now…which I have no business thinking about because I’ve got to hurry up and get busy and be creative….Then it dawned on me….
The intriguing beauty of this scene can’t be fully experienced unless you step back and view it from a distance. So it is also true in my life. When I am in the turbulent spray of the waves, my eyes stinging with salty tears, watching with dread as the storm clouds gather overhead, I fail to recognize the artistry of contrast. It is the sun shining behind the clouds that give depth and radiance, far more glorious than the clouds or the sunshine alone. The display becomes even more remarkable as the shadows of the clouds obstruct a measure of the sunshine as it is reflected on the choppy gray sea peppered with frothy whitecaps. When I’m in the deep, I hyper focus on the dark clouds overhead or the churning waves that pull at me. I worry about what might happen next…”How can I endure another storm? Will I be pulled under?” and I completely miss the potential delight of the moment. The sun is happily dancing on the waves, the drifting clouds a partner in the pas de deux and I could have missed it.
On this particular day there was no storm or danger; just puffy white/gray clouds filtering the frolic of the sun, shimmering on playful waves…and I saw it…the grace and the truth of it. When I stepped back and looked at the bigger picture it was incredibly beautiful and peaceful and hopeful and joyful and made me smile. It was the radiance of God’s glory unveiled in the midst of the uncertain. “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being…” Hebrews 1:3
My prayer: Father let me rest and rely on Your grace in the depths of the uncertain. Open my eyes to the disguised splendor of the unknown. Remind me that You are the Master Artist, All-Powerful, All-Knowing, Ever-Present, Lord over all the earth…and my Abba Father. When I am over-whelmed, weary or worried, remind me that You love me and I can rest in the shadow of Your wings.
Honor the Lord you sons (and daughters) of God; honor the Lord for His glory and strength. Honor the Lord for the Glory of His name. Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness. The Voice of the Lord echoes above the sea. The God of Glory thunders. The Lord thunders over the mighty sea. The voice of the Lord is Powerful; the voice of the Lord is Majestic. Psalm 29:1-4 NLT
How precious, Oh God, is your constant love! We find protection under the shadow of your wings. Psalm 36:7 GNT