I grew up near the ocean in southern California. The beach was my place to go to seven days a week (or as frequently as possible) for the ocean was so vast and mighty. No matter how old I was, I remember building sandcastles to their greatest was so fun and exciting. The goal: build it larger and taller. Include a moat and get my brothers and sisters in on it to make it epic! Inevitably, the ocean’s tide would wash up shore. The waves came washing my well built, time invested sandcastle away.
I find myself feeling similarly: when I tether myself to earthly things, I find the waves of the world eventually wash out my “security and safety”…
Lately, I have found I have been building for “here and now” to have shadows of safety and security rather than of eternity or eternal things. By grasping for shadows, I find myself disappointed. Don’t get me wrong: I have a fantastic marriage and wonderful life with five gorgeous and amazing children and even a puppy as well as a good community. However, One source that never fades, washes out, or is crumbling is the Rock on which I stand is Jesus. When I tie myself to God and eternity, no wave can wash out what he builds.
Have you tried building castles in the sand?
Where do you find your fill-up of security and safety?
Would you consider filling up on that which doesn’t wash away? I know I want the things of eternity. Let’s go to God today. He is able to give us what we truly need.
Prayer: Dear God, we thank you for today. Today is a new day with new mercies. We’re sorry for when we look to temporary things to fill us up and try to secure our wants & needs. We confess that only you are the One True God and, through you, we can have safety, refuge, and strength. Amen.