My husband and I were just in Florida a few days ago taking a much-needed break from the bitter cold of Minnesota. I’m blessed that I can work from any location or this native Texan just might go bonkers! 🙂
On the last day, soon after the sunrise, I decided to visit the ocean one more time and go for a run on the beach….at least that was my original plan. Have you ever planned your day with great intention and something stops you in your tracks causing you to do something completely different? Well, that’s literally what happened to me. As I was running in the sand, I suddenly had to stop. I was in PAIN! I’ve had a nagging hip flexor issue the last several months that I’ve been pushing through on most of my daily activities and workouts. But, not this time. The pain was too intense. I had to stop and walk.
The last thing I wanted to do was walk. I was frustrated, so I started talking to God about it. I heard in my spirit that God wanted me to STOP walking – so I did. Next thing I heard was for me to take off my shoes and socks and come into the tide. So I LISTENED and I WENT.
As I stood there looking out over the massiveness of the ocean God spoke to me in such a loving way. My feet were firmly rooted into the sand and as each wave washed over my feet, ankles, and then up to my calves…I closed my eyes and allowed the warmth of the sun to beat down on my face. I could feel the slight pull of each wave wanting to bring me back into the ocean with it. When I opened my eyes and saw the beauty and power of the ocean, I was reminded of God’s never-ending love for us. Wave after wave God draws us closer to Him. With each wave of love, grace, mercy, and healing power…..I wept – in gratitude!
How often do you STOP, LISTEN, and GO?
Is it after you’re in pain physically, spiritually, emotionally, financially, or relationally? God loves His people and wants us to come to Him for all things and He doesn’t mind healing His people, but I believe He would be pleased if we came to Him prior to the place of pain.
May you take the time today and everyday to slow down and enjoy the greatness of God’s love and involvement in your daily journey.
“Pay attention to this, Job. Stop and consider the wonderful miracles of God!” ~Job 37:14