The wind is strong, the waves are raging and the tide is high, yet despite it all, the seagull has the power, strength and smarts to use the wind to his advantage. He keeps the wind at his back gliding along as he looks beyond the breaker line for any sign of his next meal. It's risky business as he has to time his dives perfectly, yet the high amount of energy he must expend to fly makes it necessary. To the naked eye, however, he makes his continual quest for food look almost effortless.
The waves breaking send salt brine flying, yet each wave is an impressive show of power with no two being exactly alike. And then I look at those pilings standing there and I wonder what they were used for. Was there a pier or an oceanside home perched atop them at some point in time past? Did it finally succumb to the power of the ocean after it was enjoyed for many years? Things like that just float through my head as the grandeur of the great sea comes clear to my sight.
So, why am I saying this and what is my underlying message? Well, we who love the sea and the beach always love the calm, warm and sunny days which show us so vividly the bright and shining love and grace that God shows for us. But those cold, stormy and gray days also offer us a wonderful message from Him if we just take the time to look. That message is that He is all powerful and all knowing. We can't hide from Him or keep Him from knowing what is in our mind and He want us, mortals who were made in his own image, to live according His ways. If we believe that and believe in Him by faith, we can work hard to improve ourselves on the long road to Salvation. If we don't, well, I really don't want to find out or face His power as an adverse consequence of His disappointment with me. How about you? The choice belongs to each of us. Choose wisely.