the God of the ocean

Passage: "Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, 'I find no pleasure in them'--" Ecclesiastes 12:1

"I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean..."
From I Hope You Dance

Tomorrow night, about this time, I'll be looking at the ocean. That has become one of my true spiritual touchpoints over the years that I've been at the BCM.

Whenever I look at the ocean, I'm reminded of how expansive it is, and how small I am. I'm reminded that God Himself, so much bigger than the ocean, put it in its place, and me in mine.

Then I truly remember my Creator. And I marvel in His creation. He's made this ocean, which has been sending waves toward the sands all these years. He made the land that the waves crash upon. He made the stars by the light of which I'm taking in this wonderful view.

He knows the number of drops of water in the ocean, the number of grains of sand on the shore, the number of stars in the sky, and the number of hairs on my head.

And I remember that he's not only my Creator; he's my Savior and my Lord as well.

I usually end up singing something. It doesn't really matter what. I'm just singing a song of praise to my Lord with a pure heart, as Psalm 47:6 says to do.

I guess my point in saying this is a reminder for all of us not to forget that we're not the be-all and end-all of this world. There is One who is higher than the world, for He created the world. And while we are so much smaller than Him or His creation, He loves us more than we could ever know.

That's something I remember every time I visit the ocean at night. I remember the God of the ocean, and know that he is the Lord of my life.