Our beach vacation was coming to an end. With only one day left, my list of things to do had grown shorter, but one thing still remained. I wanted to watch the sunrise over the ocean. Realizing I was going to have to sacrifice a few minutes of sleep, I set my alarm the night before and determined I’d be walking on the sand when the sun rose the next day.
I made it! With my walking shoes strapped on, I strolled down the beach taking in the beauty of the morning. As the sun began to rise over the waters I could feel God’s presence rising over me.
I stopped and let the world fade into the background. I could feel God wrapping His arms around me as His love shone across the waters and into my heart. Nothing was worth missing this moment. There was silence, and then I spoke.
“Lord, you made all this and you still love me?”
Gently He responded, “I made all this for you!”
He left me speechless; captured by His immensity, I stood in awe of Him.
The sun continued rising and soon families were making their way onto the beach. I made my way back to our beach home. As I walked the Lord etched that morning onto the canvas of my heart. A reminder of His love and power.
I wish I could say that experience forever super-charged the way I view God, but the reality is I often reduce Him to the landscape of my own life. Sadly, I limit my faith by placing boundaries on what I think He can or will do.
Thankfully, He is not limited by what I think.
The God who made the oceans vast, is the same God who loves you and me beyond anything we could ever imagine. His power is beyond comprehension and His glory stretches across the earth.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us… (Ephesians 3:20)
Just as I could not measure the sand or water standing on the side of the ocean, we will never be able to measure God’s love for us. Sometimes it takes courage to lay all that I am – my fears, failures and future at His feet, but when I do, I’m slowly learning He turns my:
- trials into triumph
- fear into faith
- doubt into belief
- mourning into praise
- weakness into strength
And, I believe he will do the same for anyone who lays their all at His feet. Our beautiful God is always at work. Today, let’s dive a little deeper into His love and dare to trust Him for more than we could ever ask or imagine.