This week I’ve had the privilege of taking morning and evening walks on the beach. I can’t tell you how many times during my lifetime I have taken a walk on the beach, but every time I take a stroll I have been in awe of God’s creation. I am just as awe struck today as I was as a child.
To think that God spoke all of this into existence boggles my mind. He causes the tides to work together with rotation of the earth and with the movement of the sun and moon. The ocean never runs dry and it is filled with all sorts of living creatures. God doesn’t need the fish and game commission to stock the ocean; He abundantly supplies the ocean with all sorts of fish, and it is enough to feed the nations.
If God in His infinite wisdom can manage the oceans of the world, how much more can He guide and direct our life. If He cares so meticulously for the marine life in the depths of the sea, how much more can He care, manage and direct our lives?
To the committed follower of Christ, life is not about being religious and following a set of strict rules. It is about trusting God for every moment of our life. It’s about seeing God in everything. It’s seeing Him in the beauty and wonder of nature, it’s observing Him at work in the events of our life, and in the lives of our loved ones. It’s realizing that open doors are not just happenstance but it’s God at work leading us to the next step in our chance to be light and salt to our world.
Even during those times when we feel that God isn’t hearing our prayers, He is in our midst, leading us to new depths of fellowship and understanding of who He is. Just when we think we really know God, He appears with a new experience to teach us something about His character and nature that leaves us awe struck. Then that new knowledge enables us to be a “sweet aroma” to others.
Paul gives us a glimpse of this principle in 2 Corinthians 2: 3-4 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”(NAS)
The Bottom Line
To a believer, life is deeper than “making lemonade out of life’s lemons.” It’s about discovering the depths of Jesus Christ in the midst of our problems. God’s desire for us is to be able to look through the challenges of life, put them aside for a moment, and become awestruck by His love for you.