Coastal Dune Lakes are a very rare natural phenomena that only occur in a handful of locations around the globe, including New Zealand, Australia, Madagascar and South Walton, Florida. No risk of large waves, no currents, no shark attacks. Plus, amazingly it is a fresh body of water just feet from the salty ocean! Continue reading
My husband and I have vacationed on a certain beach a few times in the past. Each year we walked along the beach looking for a distressed wooden love seat that was left on the sand. Each time we saw it, it was more distressed than the year before.
Many things that are left out in the salt water and wind become distressed. Docks, dock posts, iron… All of these show the wear of time, and were all once new. Now they seem authentic. Pain and time have brought on wear and tear.
Funny how we age and feel like we may be distressed or “past our prime.” You may be retired, an “empty nester”, a wife left alone after the death of a beloved spouse…..
Why even the most wonderful beach houses are older and full of distressed furniture and wares. They have a story to tell. They mattered and were useful to many over the years.
The same holds true for people. Your retirement is proof that you made a mark on the world and worked hard in your career. Your empty nest is an indication that you have helped raise a generation that can now go out in the world on their own. The death of a spouse can be a testimony to how much you have loved and were loved.
You are still valuable. A season of life might have passed, but a new one is now ahead of you. Our flaws may have been exposed, our pain obvious. We ourselves may be distressed…but could they be marks of learning and living this life?
And remember people actually buy things that look distressed when they aren’t! Hmmmmm…
~Be Encouraged Today~
You made it. There it is…the ocean, the beach, vacation!!! Half the fun of vacation is the anticipation of it. You grab your bag, cooler, umbrella, towels, chair and the trek begins to sit right in front of those delightful waves with a book you have been waiting all year to read. It looks like a mile away, but you will make it!
Your sandal clad feet it the sand and…….ouch! That beautiful sand has become a conduit. How could this gorgeous sand be so miserable? The white sand that we were walking on last year was cool and comfortable. But this is not the same sand….Deception. There are times when something beautiful can really be harmful and disturbing. Let’s not forget the garden. And let’s not forget there were two trees there..
Even something that we think is really good can take us away from the beauty of the Father. We get busy with those “good” things and we miss our time with Him. Don’t be deceived into thinking that what you do brings you closer to God or that it makes Him love you more. Your works don’t make Him love you more or less.
Been there, done that….
So next time we are near the beach, I will most certainly check out the temperature of the sand before we venture forward!!
~Be Encouraged Today~