I tried to discern a pattern in the way the waves ran at the beach, but the variety was endless. They came in intervals—for a time many smaller waves hit the beach, then bigger waves—wave after wave—pounded the shore, rolling, breaking, rushing to the sands, and then retreating.
The sound of the waves was astounding. Right at my feet was always the soft, sibilant sound of waves running at the beach, scrubbing the sand, then running back home, pulled by the ocean as a small child runs back to her mother and father. But farther out, where the waves curled on themselves and broke, the waters boomed and roared, boomed and roared. Even from a half mile away their crashing noise echoed. I closed my eyes and soaked in the sounds of this majestic ocean. The early morning air was cool, and I basked in the amazing experience, wishing I could stay longer. I stood, I looked, I listened, trying to absorb it all.
It occurred to me that the incredible beauty, immensity, and power of the ocean are, on a small scale, a reflection of our miraculous God. When I stood on the beach and gazed at the ocean, it seemed so enormous, yet I viewed only an infinitesimal portion of this massive body of water. So it is with God. We are privileged at times to catch glimpses of God’s immensity, but we see only a small portion. We glimpse His power, yet we experience just a tiny glimpse of His majesty. In Isaiah 45:15, we read, “Truly you are a God who hides himself, O God and Savior of Israel.” Paul reminds us how little we know of our awesome God in I Corinthians 13:12. “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”
God, thank you for the tangible reminders of Your greatness.
Psalms 93:3-4 “The seas have lifted up, O LORD, the seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves. Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea—the LORD on high is mighty.”