listening to the splash of the waves
waves that thundered and crashed.
All night I thought about our beautiful time by the sea
and how very blessed we were to have had it.
Why, many people never see the ocean in their entire life.
I dare not wonder if or when we would ever return.
No, the future is fragile
Held in the Hands of the One Who loves us and does all things well.
I refuse to entertain doubts but will trust in Him.
Early in the morning while it was still dark
the alarm went off.
breaking the hours of sleep and sounding the news that it was time to pack
time to prepare for re-entry…to reality.
My daughters and I busied ourselves folding and packing
Minutes ticked by
bringing us closer to the time when we must say goodbye to my bit of beach.
Occupying ourselves with preparations helped
but did not dim our awareness.
This was the last day.
In a few hours we would be off. Miles away. Hurried into the noisy airport and then
whisked back to home.
Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz might have cried
there’s no place like home
but my feelings were so mixed this morning.
Finally all our bags were packed and lined up at the door.
I glanced again out the big window and noticed a light shining in the east.
If we hurried we just might glimpse one more sunrise.
Together we walked outside and down the familiar sidewalk.
The walk upon which we had made so many trips
back and forth
to the beach
to Long Sands General Store
and as we walked quietly this morning
my eyes were glued as it were
to the changing horizon.
Gradually the sky grew lighter
brightening up the long beach.
I stopped and watched
like seeing the unfolding of a miracle before one’s eyes.
Marveling at the glistening sand and dancing diamonds on the oceans surface.
speaking a new beginning
and tomorrow to my heart.
Again I began to understand what I have sensed before.
Yesterday is to be treasured
memories are for keeping
but every day brings a new tomorrow
and those tomorrows are bright and filled with promises.
I smiled into the early morning breeze and held my daughters close.
Just as true as the sunrise before us was the promise of more tomorrows
to hold and to cherish.
Life must be lived today
with open hands to receive all our Father gives us.
Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus
Just to take Him at His Word
Grateful for yesterday
Embracing the gift of today
And trusting Him with all our tomorrows.
Yes, there is peace in that.
And so with that I turned and walked away from my little bit of heaven on earth
holding the gifts within my heart
never to be forgotten
but treasured always.