Today as I sit by the water at Sandy Cove Ministries & Conference center in quiet reflection, I’m reminded of the many Christian camps and family camps I experienced growing up attending.
I remember what it felt like as an introverted teen striving to “be more extroverted” in order to make friends, exhausting. I also remember what it felt like, as an introverted teen, to sit alone and stare out into the water as I contemplated life and who I was.
I do the same today. But feel so differently about it.
Back then, there was so much I had yet to learn. Today, this still is true but I’ve learned so much since then. So it feels different.
Back then, I looked at the waves in the water as waves symbols of life trials overwhelming me. Today, I look at the waves as waves of Gods love gently soothing me. And the sun shining on the waters surface, as Gods glory shinning brightly for all to see.
In the simple, quiet sounds of the water and the wind in the trees, I feel overwhelmed with Gods presence and love.
Taking time to get away from the usual humdrum of ones life can help us recalibrate our God radar, so to speak. Maybe you can’t go away to a place like where I am now. But if I have learned anything in this place, it’s that God is always speaking. I just need to stop, slow down and get quiet enough to listen. I can’t rush it, I can’t conjure it up. I can only stop, wait and listen.
My journey has not been easy, and I know it may hold more challenges ahead, but today in the beautiful place, God is here. God is here reminding me of his goodness, and mercy and how it has followed me all the days of my life.
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