I love the ocean. I think I must have gotten that from my mother. She could sit for hours and just watch the tide come in and out. I can do that too. My son will often say I'm just a beach girl. I don't get to spend enough time at the beach but when I do get there I just want to sit along the shore and watch the waves, the seagulls, feel the breeze. I take refuge in that. I'm not quite sure what it is about the ocean that beckons me. Perhaps the thought of how infinite it really is makes me somehow feel closer to God.
I was thinking about the little creatures you see along the seashore. How they scurry along trying to hide themselves in the sand. Taking refuge from the unknown elements that encounter them out of the water. I think about the tide as it comes in and out taking refuge from the great expanse of the shore. And I think about myself taking refuge in the solitude and peacefulness of just watching and hearing the ocean waves.
I'm reading Psalm 16 this morning.
Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge. I said to the Lord, "You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing." As for the saints who are in the land, they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight. The sorrows of those will increase who run after other gods. I will not pour out their libations of blood or take up their names on my lips. Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. You have made known to me the path of life, you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
I really love this passage of scripture. God is my refuge. I am told that in many places in His word. There is nothing good apart from the Lord. He has assigned me my portion and my cup. That verse just screams to me right where I am today in my life. HE HAS ASSIGNED ME MY PORTION AND MY CUP. There is nothing in my life today that has not passed through his hand. He has assigned me to this time in my life. That makes me feel so special to think that he has taken time to make sure that where I am in my life right now is exactly where he wants me to be. And he has made my lot secure. Secure in him. Finding peace and refuge in him.