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  • Dave Emery


The season of summer is a time of recreation and re-creation.

Our family took advantage of our summer break. We headed to the beach and went camping as a family. We had all four of our children there and our eight grandchildren as well. It was a blessed and joyous time.

Still, it was more than this. It was a time to get away and it was a time to see things with new eyes.

I have always loved the ocean. There is something expansive about standing in front of the waves rolling in and looking to the horizon where the water meets the sky.

It gives you a perspective of the grandeur of God’s creation. Genesis 1:6-9 “and God said, “Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And it was so. God called the dome Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.

And God said, ‘Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.’ And it was so. God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.”

And it was good.

All the cares of the world, all the stress that fills our everyday lives takes a different view when one stands before the magnificent ocean, stretching out for miles in front of you.

Some have said that our lives, in the scope of all time and space, is like a drop of water in the vastness of the ocean. But even the droplet is a part of the ocean. If there were no drops of water, there would be no ocean.

We are to give thanks for our lives. We are to have hope in our lives. We are to have courage in being a part of something far greater than ourselves.

We are a part of something incredibly bigger than ourselves. We are a part of creation in a significant and real way. We have a purpose and direction in our lives. We don’t push the ocean. We don’t direct the ocean. We don’t move the ocean.

However, what we do is find our place in the ocean. We serve a greater purpose. We serve a purpose of faith, hope, and love.

May this be purpose be renewed in us this summer and lived out in full now and throughout the whole year long.

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