Beach Glory

Last week I took a couple of days off from work for a trip to the beach with my parents. For the past several years, we’ve scheduled a fall beach trip and it’s become my favorite time of the year to go. It’s usually less crowded, the weather’s turning cooler but still warm enough to swim, and overall it just seems more peaceful.

October has become a hectic month for me, particularly work-wise, and this getaway came at a great time because I was definitely in need of some R&R. It was a wonderful break from my routine to be able to sleep as late as I wanted, read and swim to my heart’s content and not have much of a schedule. When your biggest concern of the day is deciding where to go for dinner, you know you’re having a pretty stress-free vacation.

My favorite part of our beach trips is always sitting out on the balcony of the condo we usually rent and taking in the majestic beauty of the ocean below. We were blessed with absolutely perfect weather throughout our trip and the water was so calm, especially in the mornings. We even had a few dolphin sightings, which is always a thrill. I was able to take some photos that offer just a glimpse of the glorious beauty that God designed.

When sitting on the balcony watching the waves roll in and listening to the seagulls fly about, so many Bible verses, particularly from the Psalms, come to mind that describe the glory of what I’m witnessing.

beach-sunrise

The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
    The skies display his craftsmanship.
 Day after day they continue to speak;
    night after night they make him known.
They speak without a sound or word;
    their voice is never heard.
 Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,
    and their words to all the world.

God has made a home in the heavens for the sun.
 It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding.
    It rejoices like a great athlete eager to run the race.
 The sun rises at one end of the heavens
    and follows its course to the other end.
    Nothing can hide from its heat. (Psalm 19:1-6)

beach-day

Lord, what a variety of things you have made!
    In wisdom you have made them all.
    The earth is full of your creatures.
 Here is the ocean, vast and wide,
    teeming with life of every kind,
    both large and small. (Psalm 104:24-25)

beach-night-2

 

The Lord merely spoke,
    and the heavens were created.
He breathed the word,
    and all the stars were born.
 He assigned the sea its boundaries
    and locked the oceans in vast reservoirs. (Psalm 33:6-7)

I suppose it’s possible that, if I lived at the beach, I’d one day tire of this view or fail to be thrilled by the majesty of it all. I’d like to think, though, that I’d always be awestruck by this beauty.

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