Low Tide

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10

We went to the beach at low tide last evening, the gloaming gentle like the water, and quiet. Wading far out, the vastness of sea and sky broadening around me, I looked down on small rivulets of sand under the calmly lapping clear, and saw treasures: sand dollars, brightly painted coquinas opened empty into butterflies, a large star fish. The peace and quiet afforded contemplation of the divine, the transcendent– He, Lord of His vast creation and every living creature and of all nations, is God.

A friend told me we tend to choose the mountains or the shore for vacation because we have an innate need to be dwarfed. Certainly God knows we must be hushed into small in order to grasp His greatness, to understand our stature before Him and His over and all around us. As I come away beyond the cacophony of banter and information and the sucking current of the day’s responsibilities and demands, I behold in wonder the place of each little creature, and my place, in God’s immense domain.

King of kings and Lord of all, thank You for revealing Yourself. You alone are God. Keep me keeping time to be still, to come away unplugged to glory in Your works, and to acknowledge You as God. As You are exalted among the nations and in the earth, be exalted in me. (Psalm 86:10; 1 Samuel 12:16; Psalm 46:8,10)

“Crown him the Lord of peace, whose power a scepter sways                                              From pole to pole that wars may cease, absorbed in prayer and praise:                                     His reign shall know no end; and round his pierced feet                                                          Fair flowers of Paradise extend their fragrance ever sweet.”                                             ~Matthew Bridges (1851)

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