“Look at the Dolphins!”

IMG_4853I set out for a brisk walk along the beach this morning with lots of missions to complete – get some much needed exercise, feel the sand between my toes, enjoy the sound of the waves, watch for sea life, find some sea glass, people watch, and on and on. I didn’t get too far before I forgot most else and became captivated with sea glass. I slowly inched my way through the sand and seaweed, scanning the beautiful pebbles and shells, picking out lusterless fragments of white, green, brown and brilliant blue.

My concentration was broken when I sensed someone nearby. As we made eye contact, the man planted in a beach chair watching the swells shouted, “Look at the dolphins!” I turned to see pods of dolphins and seals breaching just in front of where I stood.

I watched for a few minutes, probably longer than I really cared to, out of respect for the stranger’s expectation. Before resuming my “brisk walk,” I noted how close I still was to where I began. I hadn’t accomplished much exercise. That’s when I made the conscious decision to abandon my original agenda in favor of my quest for sea glass.

As I inched along, appreciating the beauty of tiny pebbles washed up in patches along the sand, I began humming How Great Thou Art, wishing I could remember all the words. Having made the choice to be single in purpose, I relaxed.

My sea glass harvest was bountiful! When my pocket was full, I began my short walk back, content. I considered the full list I of objectives I’d set out with and chuckled at myself. It’s hard to break long established habits. While they were all things I enjoy, having an agenda of any sort this trip really defeats the purpose. I came to take a break from itineraries, multi-tasking and schedules. My goal is quiet time with Jesus, a personal retreat with my Savior.

I love the beach. It is a place that is easy for me to sense God’s presence. The constant pounding of the surf muffles any competing sounds. The sight of the waves thrashing the shore and the vast, seemingly endless expanse of the sea demonstrate His majesty and the wonder of His creation.

I spend most days of my life planning, multi-tasking and working through the list of responsibilities required of me. They are necessary and mostly rewarding, but they are not my purpose. My purpose is to love God. I do that by becoming more like the Son he sent to die for my sins and by loving the people he places in my life. Unfortunately, I fail frequently. But because of God’s measureless love and mercy, I get to start afresh with a clean slate each time I confess and turn from my sin.

Like my walk on the beach this morning, I have to be intentional about my purpose. Distractions fill my days. Unless I intentionally set aside time to learn God’s plan for me by reading my Bible and reflecting on His Word, stepping out of the whirlwind of life, jealously protecting quiet time designated with Him to discern his desires for me, it just won’t happen. Someone or something will always pull me back to life’s wonders or whirlwinds, shouting “Look at the dolphins!”

How Great Thou Art

O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.
When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur
And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing;
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation,
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.
Then I shall bow, in humble adoration,
And then proclaim: “My God, how great Thou art!”

– Carl Boberg

About Karen Campbell

Life provides lots of experiences to write about. My goal is to share how God works through them.
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