What the Ocean Taught Me


The sun rises and the sun sets, then hurries around to rise again.
The wind blows south, and then turns north. Around and around it goes, blowing in circles.
Rivers run into the sea, but the sea is never full.
Then the water returns again to the rivers and flows out again to the sea.
Ecclesiastes 1:5-7

Day and night the waves roll in and out. They vary some, but they never stop. While I sleep, while I’m awake. When I’m watching and when I’m not.

I used to think life is a series of events.

Yet the waves roll in and out. The days and seasons come, go, and come again.

No, life is a continuum through time.

We’re born, we mature, we age, we die.

Life brings sunny days and storms. Some storms are hard, really hard, like from loss or betrayal. Storms whack life out of control. Storms leave damage.

Then I ponder: What’s the difference between people who come through storms better, and people who live with irreparable damage from the past? If we cannot pass through storms, we will carry their damage inside into life’s next season. When we learn to grieve, forgive, and renew, we pass through the storm and onward on our journey.

The way we see life now is pretty much the way we’ll see life all through life. That is, unless we choose to change the way we see life.

Those internal overhauls are hard, hard work! Jesus offers to bring light, life, water, healing, and transformation into our darkest chambers.

Take his offer. Let Jesus remake you so you can remain current in the current of life. The waves will continue, but soon your life will transition into eternity as you are living here on earth.