Now school’s out, many of us will be heading off to the coast, to enjoy family time, relax on the beach, play with the kids, take long walks, explore rock-pools and a host of other sea-side activities. Let’s make sure we also make time to meet with the Lord, who waits for us there. The sea with its rhythms, and ever-changing character, can have a wonderful effect on our weariness; add to that the presence of the Lord who fills His creation, and we have a recipe for deep restoration.
"My bit of sea edge is a special place of peace. This strip of shoreline that runs like a slender ribbon of sand and rock between the ocean and the land bluffs, is a small world of precious tranquillity….
….It is the atmosphere of repose that draws me here again and again. Enfolded in the eternal action of wind, waves, tides and currents, the beach breathes serenity and strength. It is a quality of life ever harder to find in our crowded world….
…..This sea edge is a unique spot of seclusion and privacy. It is a place where a person can go to sit lost in thought, or take long walks thinking eternal thoughts or repose in the sanctum of quiet communion with his Creator….
……This tranquillity settles down into the soul and the Spirit as softly as a sea bird settles down upon the shore…..it is a spot to come with a good book, with a thick terry towel, and an hour or two to stretch the body and stretch the soul and ‘extend one’s Spirit’ to meet one’s Maker in quiet communion……
……There is a certain discipline of soul, a setting of the will, a determination of Spirit required to meet with God’s Spirit in a place of peace. It calls for much more than merely feeling like it. It demands a deliberate act of faith that in such a spot I will meet my God."
'Sea Edge' by W. Phillip Keller
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