There's a place where I feel most at ease; where all my worries seem to melt away and happiness just takes over. It's a place that comforts me and grounds me, a place where I can go to reenergize and refocus when life gets a little stressful. We tend to breathe a little easier and a little deeper, we savor the in-between moments, and our burdens seem lighter. I think we all have those places, where you go to "plug" in and refresh. Mine is the beach.
The beach is where I see God the most, where His presence is most obvious to me. I hear Him in the sound of the waves crashing on the shoreline, I feel Him in the ocean breeze that seems to breathe a new life into me. I see Him in the sunset, as I watch the sun slowly fade off into the horizon, as the sky turns colors that my eyes never knew existed. It's hard for me to look at the ocean and not know without a doubt that there is a Creator, a Supreme Being. This earth we live on is just too magical and captivating to believe otherwise.
I feel so small when I stand on the shore. All I can see are clear skies and blue water for miles and that overwhelms me. To know that I serve a God who made all of this and yet still loves me more is an incredible, unfathomable thought. With everything going on in my life lately (more on that later,) some people would've expected me to stay home, that this quick trip would be too much on me. But I needed this time by the water. My body, my soul, and my mind needed it, even if just for a day or two. That sea breeze does something to me, and I'm thankful for the time by the sea.
At the beach, life is different. Time doesn't matter; the day is gauged by the sun's position in the sky. The ocean stirs my heart and inspires me; my mind is fresh and my creativity is sparked. Knowing that the waves will come no matter what is comforting, because although I can't control the waves, I know who does. Every minute by the sea renews me; it washes the weight of the world off my shoulders.
Do you have a place like this? A place where the world goes away and all is right, even for just a little while? What's your happy place? I hope you can go to this place and enliven your soul; we all need a little renewing from time to time. Xoxo