“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep and the Spirit of God was hovering over the water…” Genesis 1:1,2
I love the beach. It seems to be the closest I can get to the Creation story, back to before the Fall. Sun, sand, sky, waves, gulls hovering above, the sound of children squealing with laughter. All that is required is to breathe and take in the wonder of all that is around me. Tension slides off my shoulders and gets left behind like unclaimed baggage.
I was there yesterday. At the beach. My mom and I strolled down the board walk on a clear and warm blue sky winter’s day. As we walked along, a tall black man in a track suit, singing in a rich baritone with words we couldn’t make out wandered up the shoreline. Periodically, he would stop, dance a few steps and wave his arms at the sky. I chuckled and wondered what his psychiatric diagnosis might be and where he would lay his head at night. On we walked.
A little while later, Mom and I stopped to take in the ocean scene and up into our view wandered our eccentric friend. He faced the ocean and was dancing and singing out. A rough looking fellow with a warm grin on his face stepped up beside us and called out to our friend, “Man of God! How are you?” Our friend spun around and joyfully called out to our new companion, “Good, so good. God is good, so, so good!” It was then that I understood his song and that he was dancing for the pleasure of his Creator. I was humbled yet encouraged as I realized that this conceivably deranged man was far more tuned in to the reality of God’s goodness than I and was not afraid to show it.
Dear Father, Creator God, May I be quicker to respond to your beauty and goodness than to the troubles and worries of this world. May I receive the gift of 2012 with a grateful heart and a thankful tongue and somehow be a blessing to you. I do love you. Please teach me to love you more. Amen