God, the Beach Dude

             In the United States of America, the first Monday of September is celebrated as a holiday called Labor Day. Established in 1882, Labor Day is “a workingman’s holiday; a creation of the labor movement… dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.” (United States Department of Labor, www.dol.gov)

             Labor Day officially marks the end of summer. Children return to school, workers settle in to fall routines, and the fashion conscious put away their white clothes and shoes. Many coastal dwellers love to spend the holiday at the beach, soaking up summer’s last warm, carefree day.

           Well, for all you sand babies out there, be it known that God Himself is a beach dude. When speaking of God’s plans for the water He created, the Psalmist remarked, “You [God] have set a boundary that they [the waters] may not pass over, that they may not return to cover the earth” Psalm 104:9 (NKJ).

            Yes, the beach was God’s idea. While you’re out there this Labor Day weekend, watch how the waves deliberately back peddle once they reach the shore. It’s as if each beautifully cascading white top reminds itself, “God said go this far and no farther.”

           From time-to-time, however, nature seems to get out of control. We’ve both witnessed and experienced hurricanes, for example, whose winds whip the waves into a frenzy, carrying the waters out of their boundaries to the destructive dismay of thousands. It’s not a far stretch to see these storms as earthly examples of what God’s primary enemy will do in our lives if given an opportunity. If allowed, Satan will take the best God has given us and stir it into something destructive.

           With all that in mind, let’s keep our talents and gifts focused for God’s use and disciplined by His guidelines and limits. And whether we’re physically on the sand this holiday or mentally picturing the incoming tide, worship God today for His awesome creative genius and His ultimate control in regard to the beauty and power of nature—especially the wonder of the boundary of ocean’s waves.

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©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, and from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website.

 

~ by sanewriter on September 5, 2011.

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