I love the beach however I’m not a good swimmer and the waves hold a power that scares me physically. I fear the inability to breathe when under a wave and just pass on going in the water unless it’s fairly calm. Even when it’s calm, I don’t like going under because of my fear of not coming back up! I love to sit in my chair in the sand, close my eyes and listen to the power of those waves and think about God and how He controls the waves and tides. That is simply amazing to me. As my feeling were stinging one morning from what should have just been something to overlook, God brought the beach to my mind. As I listened, desiring to blame another, He made it clear that the ocean held a different lesson for me. He showed the power and depth of the ocean as His Word. He showed me myself there in the sand. Then in the tumbling surf, splashing and being refreshed but still staying in the shallows. Then echoing words He had given through a dear friend, He said GO DEEP! You cannot sit in the sand or play in the surf and expect to weather the storms with any understanding. Big or small, my focus during life’s bumps and body slams will be on me if I stay in the sand, but on HIM, if I’m deeply covered with His Word and the power it holds to engulf me with His protection. Slowly the tears of pain from a small issue were replaced by tears of confession at a dry period of not diving into the Word, and then tears of joy that HE controls the ebb and flow of the waves of life. When I dive deep in the ocean of His Word, I don’t ever have to worry about coming up for air … for He is the air I breathe.