I find myself walking this morning on the board walk in Mission Beach, San Diego. It’s beautiful walking next to the rolling waves of the ocean. Even the sounds of the waves put you in a peaceful state of mind. People are taking the time to stop and listen. I can’t help but notice on my walk this morning all the homeless, helpless and hurting people who have found their way to the board walk.
Some have found solace in elements of nature.
I see several people sitting on benches with eyes closed facing the ocean mediating and stopping for a moment to collect the start of their day. There are various yoga groups on the grassy patches of the cliff overlooking the ocean. They too are looking for a way to release all their worries and stretch out their cares they have picked up along the way.
There are many homeless people waking up, gathering their treasures and moving along the walkway. Many surfers are out early to catch the best waves and ride them into the shores. The tourists like me can be found bundled up with their jackets and holding on to their warm cups of hot coffee.
What draws people to the ocean?
That’s my thought this morning?
I’m asking God these questions this morning as I stroll past all the sights and sounds of a busy board walk.
That’s when my answer comes through my last song on my playlist that I’m listening to in my earbuds.
Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin
That’s it!! Us
We don’t really know that we have a good good God who loves us like a good good Father.
It’s quite possible we believe that because of all the bad examples of religions that don’t show or extend the Good News of God’s love to us.
Bad news was delivered to us with many lies and no hope for our future. We choose to believe the lies and not the truth.
Turn or Burn
God is an angry God who is absent during times of need.
Judgement is coming
Tragedies happen in life and we don’t have answers to our hard questions.
Maybe we committed sins we don’t feel are redeemable. We place ourselves in a category of unworthiness that is not deserving of receiving God’s love? There are many reasons we believe that God is not good, doesn’t exist or has no interest in us.
But as I’m walking, I’m thinking,,,
What if somehow each of us were given a glimpse into the value that God places on each and everyone of us?
We were able for just a brief moment to fully understood that we are loved by a God who created us with the sole desire to live life along side of us.
What if we were not just told about this Good News by someone but we actually experienced it ourselves?
It became so real that no one could take that encounter away from us.
Why are we drawn to the ocean?
God draws us in with his majestic nature and divine creation. We long to be somewhere supernatural don’t we? Mythology becomes important to sailors. It explains the seas, history and future happenings that navigate a sailor’s course at sea.
Are we not born asking all the questions of why are we here and what is our purpose?
When we surround ourselves with oceans, mountains and beautiful scenes of His creation,
It calls out to us.
We think it is nature calling us to the ocean, but it is really God, our good good Father.
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” Psalm 19:1