Hushed

He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.

—Psalm 107:29

 

Storms can be big.

Things get torn up.

Ruined.

Blown away.

Flooded.

Waves can be giant.

Overwhelming.

Relentless.

God can make a storm be still.

He can hush any wave.

What storms are you facing today?

God is bigger than the storm.

 

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Rule in Your Hearts

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

—Colossians 3:15

 

 

It had rained earlier, with the sky a stormy and threatening gray.

Now, with the tempest past, the clouds were blending into a creamy glow as sunset approached.

The lake beside me had become a living mirror, rippling a constantly changing reflection of light and shadow.

Through the ages, I suspect that many people have found a place of contemplation and solitude beside such a scene.

There’s something about the endless sky meeting the rhythmic waves that beckons us to be at peace.

Jesus wants us to have peace in our hearts.

His peace should rule.

Rule over troubling thoughts.

Rule over fears.

Rule over guilt.

When the peace of Jesus comforts you from deep within, everything changes.

And when it does, we should be thankful.

 

 

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Whatever the Lord Pleases

Whatever the Lord pleases, He does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps.

—Psalm 135:6

 

What is the picture of below?

The tops of mushrooms?

A microscopic view of bacteria?

River rocks?

Chicken eggs?

Candy peanuts?

Potatoes?

Just by looking, it’s hard to tell.

So many things in this world have similar shapes and contours.

God created all that we know in a way that pleased Him.

All that we know…

In addition, He created all that we do not know in a way that pleased Him.

What we see is only a small portion of God’s great creation.

Our generation has been blessed with seeing so much of it.

It wasn’t that long ago when no one had EVER seen what the earth looked like from space.

NO ONE.

Now, with a simple application on a smart phone, even a young child can look at any spot on earth as viewed from space.

So, what is the picture of?

A sea creature in an aquarium.

God’s works are truly to be marveled at.

 

 

 

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Beside the Sea

Many people gathered around Jesus when He was teaching.

Different places, different people.

Yet, they gathered around Him.

There were, of course, a great number of people who agreed with the things He said.

Surely there were some that didn’t.

Even so, people came to hear what He was saying.

There was a day when Jesus sat in a boat on water and the crowd gathered on land just to hear Him.

They were interested in hearing His thoughts.

The subjects He spoke about during His time on Earth are recorded in the scriptures.

We can read in our own language what Jesus had to say.

Are we gathered around the Bible each day to see what He has to say to us?

 

Again He began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about Him, so that He got into a boat and sat in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land.

—Mark 4:1

 

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Creatures of the Sea

I am fascinated by the ocean and the creatures that live there.

God has made living things that thrive in the depths that are yet undiscovered by man.

It is exciting to me just to watch life underwater and gaze at such beauty.

 

So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
—Genesis 1:21

 

 

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Roar and Foam

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The water crashed against the large rocks over and over.

White foam accompanied each surge.

The ocean reminds me of God’s power.

The vastness of the sea and the unrelenting motion of the waves.

No matter what happens in our lives, as His children, the Lord Almighty is with us.

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God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
 though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.

 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.
 God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.
 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

 The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

—Psalm 46:1-7

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The Sea is Never Full

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The wind blows to the south
    and turns to the north;
round and round it goes,
    ever returning on its course.
 All streams flow into the sea,
    yet the sea is never full.
To the place the streams come from,
    there they return again.

—Ecclesiastes 1:6-7

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The Fountain of Life

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The ocean’s vast waters glow with the brilliant light of the evening sun.

Bursting from the horizon, it’s reflection marks a pathway across the waves in blazing intensity.

I watched as a man traveled alone across the waves, heading for the light.

Am I heading for God’s light, where true life is found?

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Indeed, the fountain of life is with you. In your light we see light.

—Psalm 36:9

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The Sea Into Jars

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I was certainly surprised.

The rain was pouring off my roof at an amazing rate.

In a flower garden area by my kitchen window, I have a large glass vase filled with water.

If a section of a plant in the garden breaks off, it can be placed in the glass container to root.

The rain was collecting in just the right area on the roof to come barreling down right into the vase.

This was causing tremendous bubbling.

Intrigued by natural phenomena like bubbling water in a rainstorm, I decided to photograph the vase and the surrounding area.

Looking at the result, I could see uniform bubbles near the top of the vase.

Deciding to crop the photo just at the bubbling area to see what it looked like, I was amazed.

The clear bubbles now looked a misty white color, surrounding a violet colored plant that was rooting in the vase.

It looked like an oil painting, with gentle hues of green and mauve brushed delicately as a reflection in each individual sphere of liquid and air.

The task of gathering rain water into a jar is an easy one, given the presence of rain.

We are limited in how much water we can gather into one place by the size of the container we can construct.

Not so with God.

Psalm 33:7 reads,

He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; he puts the deep into storehouses.

Can you imagine what it would be like for God to gather all the water on earth together at one place and time and simply put it in a jar?

He could if He wanted to.

God is not limited.

Ever.

Can you and I trust God, who can place the oceans of the world in a jar, to:

-guide us daily?

-comfort our hearts?

-transform our lives?

Shouldn’t  we ask God, who is limitless, to work past our limitations?

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Ever-Present Help

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It was a day to relax, mostly.

Reclining on the beach with friends, I looked out toward the water.

There was peace.

The steady, yet calm roar of the waves never ceased.

Predictable…..

Consistent…..

Then, I saw it!

What was that?

My friends hadn’t noticed, but I peered more closely toward the water.

Something jumped a couple of feet above the sand and flopped back down.

It did it again!

Could a jellyfish do that?

Ever curious, I got out of my luxury lawn chair, complete with a built in neck pillow, cup holder and supply bag and started walking toward the object in question.

As I grew closer, I realized what it was.

A TREE FROG!

He had his arms tucked under him as he sat still in my presence.

Along with sunglasses and sunscreen, I had decided to bring my camera to the beach.

It was time to take a few photos before embarking on the task of getting the little creature back to a more hospitable environment.

One of my friends had a ball cap on, which came in very handy when trying to catch a hopping frog.

When she had him secured, she walked to the nearest area of palm trees and other foliage to let him go.

The adventure complete, we settled back into our chairs, basking in the sun and the mist of the sea.

Still, I couldn’t help but wonder….how did that frog get to the beach?

After some thought, I decided that he could have hopped into someone’s fishing supplies.

Maybe in a garage miles away, an unsuspecting sportsman picked up a bucket or bag, placed it into their truck and transported it with the tiny, green stowaway on board.

How he got there was not really the important thing, however.

Getting him back to a safe place was.

 

People do this all the time, you know.

Surroundings look interesting and relatively safe, like a bag or bucket with fisherman’s gear.

We crawl in, feeling quite accomplished.

Before we know it, we decide it’s time to hop out, but when we do, things have changed.

Tall, leafy trees and damp, green grass have been replaced by salt water and burning hot sand as far as the eye can see.

In a panic, we jump high into the air, not realizing that doing so alerts predators to our presence in an unforgiving and hostile place.

Even so, God is watching.

He knows where we are when we ourselves do not.

He knows the danger when we venture into the bag.

He watches us as we are filled with fear when we see where our decisions have taken us.

He knows we can’t live in the salty waves.

When we hop frantically on the shore, He can pick us up and take us to a place—

a safe place we can call home.

 

God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
 though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.

—Psalm 146:1-3

 

 

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He Calmed the Storm

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I could see the storm coming over the beach and out to sea.

The unrelenting power of the wind and rain.

Vast and uncontrollable, it could not be stopped.

The storms in our lives look just like that, don’t they?

Unrelenting.

Powerful.

Vast.

Uncontrollable.

God sees things in a different way than we do.

The storm at the beach was not too big for Him.

The storms in our lives aren’t either.

He has the power to calm the wind and the waves.

 

He calmed the storm to a whisper
    and stilled the waves.

–Psalm 107:29

 

 

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