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On my recent holiday to Cyprus, I was on a beach on a windy day and observed the following:

The Lifeguard – up in the tower, red flag flying yet a teenage girl ventures out into the crashing waves. Another person stands on a slim jetty enjoying the constant spray. One is taking the risk of being sucked under by the back wash and the other thinks she is safe on the flimsy jetty. The lifeguard is sitting in his tower next to the red flag but is concentrating on his mobile phone! He spends much time looking down at the screen, seemingly oblivious to the plight of the risk takers. He eventually looks up and looks a little concerned when the teenage girl brings her small brother into the water.

The Lighthouse – firmly built on a rock, steady for years, the light shines out every day and night protecting the ships from the rocks below. Never moves, never falters, never distracted by a mobile phone. Light seen for miles around.

My reflections:

Man has a purpose in life but is flawed, easily distracted, diverted from the job of warning and saving people. Me too.

God is always there, shining light into our lives, showing us the way, firm and steady through the years, dependable. I have a picture of a lighthouse at night with the caption “Sleep in peace, God is awake”.

Reminded me of Psalm 4 v8 ‘I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone O Lord, make me dwell in safety’. May you know His peace today and commit again to fulfil your purpose of warning people of the dangers of life without a Saviour.

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I have been on holiday recently and as always, love being by the sea. I could watch it all day.

It struck me that there were so many parallels between the sea and God’s love.

A song I used to sing in Sunday school came to mind:

‘Wide, wide as the ocean, high as the heavens above,

Deep, deep as the deepest sea is my Saviour’s love.’ (Charles A Miles 1914)

God’s love is:

Deep

Unfailing

Powerful

Gentle

Life giving

Life sustaining

Unpredictable

Shaping – changing our rough edges to smooth

Beautiful

Glorious

Faithful

Man can’t stop it

Man doesn’t understand it

Sadly, we are told that there will be no sea in heaven (Rev 21v1).

The Hebrews were a land-loving people who distrusted a large body of water such as the Mediterranean Sea. To them the sea was a perilous and forbidding place. The sea therefore became a symbol of the seething nations of the world and of the troubled lives of the unrighteous (Dan 7:2-3; Matt 13:47; Rev 13:1). Perhaps this is why the apostle John spoke of the glorious new heaven and new earth as a place in which “there was no more sea” (Rev 21:1).

(from Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Copyright (c)1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)

There are many songs which speak of God’s love never failing which have echoes of the constant motion of the sea (Your love never fails, How deep the Fathers love for us, Higher than the mountains that I face etc).

Take some time today appreciating and enjoying God’s love for you.

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