We headed out, running up over the wooded bluff. The bright sun darted through the trees and onto our path, the wind pushed it’s way into our face, and the sea gently pounded the rocked shaped like giant redwoods lying out towards the sea.
Coming up and over we climbed down into inlet, probably 200 meters across, where signs of life to come abounded. The parking lot parking lot had room for 20, but there were none. The diving board foundation clings to the rock, looking forever wistful towards summer. If one shut their eyes the sounds of family enjoying each other quickly came to the front, but today was filled with wind, powerful washing surf, solitary sea gulls, and the smell of things to come. Picking our way out to the far tip we found ourselves in the cleft where the cliff, sea, and inlet merged into one pounding, throbbing, corner.
We knew this was the place to dip ourselves into the North Sea. I was slow off the mark, but then I went in twice! With casual thought I turned my back to the sea and found myself a meter closer to shore and bathed in cold crisp salt foam. The sea was invigorating! The sea was a powerful ally who could easily turn against you.
I came out of the water to bask on the warm slate rocks in the sun. As nature quickly dried me I realized that the sea had taken the old me. The cares of the day, the push of what was coming next blew away without a whisper. I came away refreshed, energized, and calmed.
I find God a lot like that. “After God made that decision of what his children should look like, he followed it up by calling people by name. After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself. And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun.” (Romans 8.31)
God gives peace and energy for you and I.