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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Lessons Learned From the Ocean

Genesis 1:9-10 (New International Version)

9 And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.

I see life like the ocean.

I have stood on the edge and looking out I was overwhelmed by the enormity of it. I can see the horizon but until I set sail I will never know what lies ahead.

Some days it comes gently lapping at my feet. Its gentle roll and sway brings peace and tranquility.

But some days it comes crashing over me knocking me down.

I stand on the shore of life with a deep respect for it. Respect is a part of love. I do love life!

I've come to realize that the ocean, like life, is never at fault. In the past I have blamed life for my failures and cursed the ocean when knocked down by an unexpected wave.

The tide comes in and the tide goes out. That's the ocean.

The sun comes up and the sun goes down. That's life.

The ocean is just the ocean, a massive body of water.

Life is just life measured in seconds, minutes days, and years.

Neither the ocean nor life is responsible for the ups and downs we experience.

They are both responding to storms, turbulence, seasonal changes and the influence of mankind on them.

The waves do not single you out. If you choose to step into the ocean so you must be prepared to handle whatever it throws at you. If you get knocked down, you can either stand or get washed out to sea.

Life does not single you out. You make choices and must be prepared to handle whatever it throws at you. If you get knocked down you must learn to get up as many times as it takes until you become strong enough to stand on your own.

You see, once you accept the fact that life responds to your choices and preparedness you have no excuses, no one to blame, but yourself.

If you see stormy waters, you either get a bigger boat or stay on the shore until it passes.

If your life is stormy, your sail should be faith, hope your life boat and God the Captain of your vessel.

You can stand on the shores of life and never get your feet wet or jump in.

It's not what happens to you, it's how you choose to react to what happens.

Me? I've learned to swim in the storms, so I can bask in the sun on "The shores of life."

Dear Lord we thank you for the lessons we can learn from your creation. We thank you for the ocean and the lessons we can learn. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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