I’ve always been drawn to large bodies of water. Resting my butt in the sand as I overlook the Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic Ocean injects my soul with an overwhelming sense of peace that I don’t feel anywhere else. The beach is my serenity, my saving grace…my happy place. There’s no doubt that I feel closest to God and His creation than when I’m walking along the white sands looking out into what looks like an endless flow of “blue planet.”
Given that I’ve never taken a cold-weather vacation (anything under 60 degrees is just uncomfortable to me, haha!), been to South Beach, Miami, FL, four times in the past four years, and went to South Padre Island for three college spring break trips, it wasn’t until last week’s four-day mini-vacation in Naples, FL, that I really stopped to take in the magnitude of God’s omnipotence; His omnipresence that’s so overtly evident and on display.
Whether metaphorically or literally, the Bible overflows with references and images of water as a vital element to our spiritual being. Water symbolizes the washing away of the old into a new life in Christ; the cleansing of body and soul; the prophetic fulfillment of God’s promises. God’s sovereignty echoes throughout the New Testament gospels by way of Jesus’ miracles.
Following Jesus’ miracle of feeding the five-thousand, Matthew 14:22-27 accounts:
“Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.’”
It doesn’t get more authoritative than that! Jesus’ omnipotence and sovereignty over nature and all of creation is magnified in this miracle. More than anything, this truth is a great reminder that I’m not in control; I have a God who is just and is calling me out of the boat to walk on water with Him. When life kicks us in the butt and we’re blanketed with fear and doubt, if we’d just look up, we would see God walking on water towards us saying, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
Have you ever ATTEMPTED to literally count the grains of sand on the beach? I’m talking about scooping up a handful of sand into your palm, and individually counting out each grain, one-by-one. Without a doubt, it’s incomprehensibly impossible! Now fathom this; just how the grains of sand on the beach are countless, as so are God’s thoughts toward us! The palmist says:
“How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand—when I awake, I am still with you.” Psalm 139:17-1
Talk about imagery! Our God, The Father, The Creator of heaven and earth, is thinking about you and me all the time; OMNIPRESENT! Those times when we feel alone and forgotten about are foolish! God is forever having countless thoughts of love and adoration about us. Let this truth live in our hearts and encourage us to have a posture of love as a response back to Him.
This sight hardly needs an explanation, so I’ll just leave you with this:
“They who dwell in the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your signs; You make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy.” Psalm 65:8
For a further glimpse into my Naples, FL, vacation, check out my Naples gallery!