We give thanks to you O God; we give thanks for your name is near. We recount your wondrous deeds
Perfection is difficult to find but the evenings our here in Connecticut these past few days have come close. Not far from where we live there is a beach and park area. It has cycle paths and walking paths. It has trees, rocky out crops by the beach and wide open areas where people can throw or kick a ball around. It has also has wonderful views looking across the Long Island sound to other beaches in our town. The temperatures have been in their mid 70’s at sunset, comfortable enough to walk around with the breeze coming in from the ocean. Why am I telling you all this? Work can be all-consuming especially if we commute. Even if we leave the office at 5.30pm, some of us won’t be home until 7pm. And once we’re home and we’ve eaten, we may feel too exhausted to get out and do anything. But how about we leave the office earlier?! I understand that we can’t always do that. If we’re busy, we’re busy. Or can it wait until the morning? But if we find ourselves sitting there at 4.30 or 5pm realizing that we can actually leave the office then why not just get up and go? God gifts us days for us to make the most of. Missing beautiful evenings in the summer and missing time with family isn’t something we can get back. That day has gone. The good news is there will be another one and another one. But one day, on this earth, our days will run out. It will be dreadful to think that we didn’t make the most of the days and time that God gave us. We can’t always make the most of them. We do have work to do but it’s finding the balance. As I write, it’s 8am in the morning. I was going to post this tomorrow but the weather doesn’t look so good for then. I’m going to post this now because it looks like it’s going to be a beautiful day today, with a beautiful evening….check your workload at 4pm and see if you can’t just leave the office and go and meet God’s creation.
Pray with me
Heavenly Father, clear my workload so I can get out of the office today! – Amen!
‘Praise be to the Lord, to God our savior, who daily bears our burdens’
This morning I went for a walk along the beach. I wasn’t expecting it to be that eventful and it wasn’t really except that I had a heightened sense of God’s creation. It was almost like a scene from a movie. Wherever I looked I was faced by it. “Of course you were”, I hear you say and you’re right, but it was the awareness that was strong and the ‘graphics’ presented to me. I also had this song in my head. Sung with such comfort and peace. Check out the guy on the piano!
Back to my walk (to the sound of the above tune). First there was the sea and the sound it made. The waves crashing on the beach. Then the sand. Hard where the sea had been on it and soft where it hadn’t. The sky with a few clouds but mainly sunshine as the low light reflected on the water. One guy was at work clearing the seaweed that was half way up the beach where the water had stopped. He seemed content in doing his work. There was an elderly couple, probably retired walking on the beach. A middle-aged woman who was momentarily surprised by the water coming so high up the beach to the point where she laughed. A Father with his teenage son and daughters spending some time together. And finally, the most wonderful thing, a young mother walking with her baby strapped to her front. The baby was sleeping and I suggested to the Mother that it was the sound of the sea and the air that made it perfect for the baby. I don’t know where I fitted in but it felt like a cross-section of human creation of all ages in a truly beautiful setting. And everyone seemed happy. Very happy.
There’s no point to this. It’s got nothing to do with commuting or business. It was 30 minutes of pure joy and I’m thankful that I was part of it because I almost didn’t go for the walk in the first place. Looking back, I feel that God prompted me. He wanted me to experience joy!