Friday, January 25, 2008

just had to share. . .

I think I do pretty well when I give the Lord my attention for my daily scripture reading from the Blue Letter Bible (I'm trying to read through the entire Bible and Blue Letter Bible is helping me). I think I do pretty well when I pause a moment and read a devotional from my Calvary Chapel Pastor's Wives devotional. I guess I felt that my obligatory reading for the day was enough.

Then, I went to the ocean and truly felt the presence of God.

I stood on the balcony outside our room and watched the ocean. I watched the waves come roaring in. I watched the spray of the water shoot up from those waves and in that spray, I saw a rainbow. And as I was standing there, the awesomeness of the Lord washed over me. I started to cry. It was then I realized that I hadn't been giving God my full attention. I felt an urgency for a closeness with the Lord that I seemed to have neglected.

I went to my Bible and began looking in the Psalms. I wanted to read the passage that starts "As the deer pants for living water. . ." and thought it was Psalm 40. I looked it up and found these words instead:

". . .he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God."

I paused and looked back out to the ocean. I thanked Him for doing these exact things in my life. I asked forgiveness for forgetting about it.

How could I go about my day and not think about my Savior?

The one who for no other reason than His love for me, took me out of that slimy pit and firmly planted my feet. And because of that, the once for whom I should daily lift a hymn of praise.

I came home with a new sense of awe for my Lord and a determination to include Him in every second of my day, not just the 15 minutes I was giving Him.

What many, beautiful days I have to look forward to.

4 Comments:

At January 28, 2008 2:19 PM, Blogger Laurie said...

Ah, isn't our Lord so wonderful!!!I just love the creative ways He uses to capture our full attention, lovingly drawing our hearts to thirst for more of Him. What a great God of love we serve.
Your blog really blessed me, Cora, I want to go watch the waves.

 
At January 30, 2008 9:16 AM, Blogger Kim said...

I loved this, Cora. Thank you for sharing your private moment with the Lord. The beach is the best place to spend time with the Lord. It would be so cool to live in a beach bungalow.

Have you heard the song, "Ocean" by Ten Shekel Shirt? I think you would love it. :)

 
At January 30, 2008 10:08 PM, Blogger Kari said...

Cora,
God is stirring so many of us to live more fully for Him. Setting aside our obligation to read His word and actually searching for our God. I'm glad He doesn't hide from us but instead shows us His love in the waves, ocean spray and rainbows.

 
At May 20, 2008 12:53 PM, Blogger Shannon said...

Cora, what a beautiful post! And I could so easily imagine the scene there on your balcony at Cannon Beach. God always meets me there too.

Your heart for Him really came through these words, Cora.

Love you much!
S.

 

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