We got up early and before it was light we headed out to the edge.
We marched forward in the darkness, walking from hard dirt to shifting sand until we could not go any farther.
We had to stop. We were created with specific strengths and limits and we had to stop and recognize our habitat ends at this line. Who set this boundary? Who drew this line in the sand?
In the darkness one might miss the clarity of this line. But if your ears are open, then it is unmistakable that even in the dark there was a change in our path. The roar of the water is mighty. It’s song drowns out the sound of the city and the night. It deafens the sound of motors and all other man-made creations. Someone incredible put this line here and gave it a mighty sound so even in darkness it was unmistakable.
It clearly defines the boundary below our feet. There are no more roads, no cars, no buildings, no houses, no people, not even trees, no…this line of roaring waters defines a boundary line.
The sky was beginning to shine forth with light separating the day from the night. Standing in one place looking to the east we saw the new day and to the west we still saw the night. We were standing at a boundary line between domains of powerful waters and land, but also between times, between day and night.
The reality of this moment is surreal and amazing! It is encouraging and we waited patiently for the light.
It climbed slowly and steadily.
The waters kept roaring. Their pace was rhythmic and never changing.
The rhythm seemed as if it were trying to lure me to sleep, back and forth, back and forth.
But all my senses were awake. I could smell the energy in the air, I could agree with the rhythm with each breath I took. I could feel the steady pace of life just like my own heart beating. I could taste the salty air as it passed my tongue and as it filled my lungs it electrified and recharged my body.
There is life in this rhythm. It churns up oxygen and minerals that bubbles and froths and is teaming with new life.
Even the birds were excited. They instinctively know the ebb and flow of the water brings abundance into their life and they find nourishment.
It bears witness to the Creator.
The living God. There is none like him. He is the provider. He is the daily bread of heaven. He is the water of life. All those who come to him will be saved and will never thirst for eternity.
We met many others on the journey to the water’s edge. They come to enjoy the inspiring moments of a new day as it dawns.
The light transforms our view. It bounces all around before the sun even appears over the horizon.
Everything takes on a new vibrancy. Colors seem to pop! Details previously unseen suddenly overwhelm the senses and there is a new awareness.
The birds are very excited. The growing light points out the location of their next meal. They dance in the air above the waves in anticipation, expecting provision. They do not worry. Then when there is just enough light, they quickly dive into the water and select their free gifts for the day.
I am dancing too. On the edge. On the line. In the moment I become part of the the rhythm and I dance and wait.
My feet are wet. My toes tingle. My nose is full of sweet salty air that energizes my breaths and my beating heart. My eyes are drawn to the dawning light and I wait.
My spirit is encouraged.
I wait. I know it will be here soon.
My Father in Heaven set this plan in motion.
I can rejoice and dance as carefree as a little child.
I feel alive. I trust my Father’s plan and provision completely. He drew this line. He put this boundary here. I trust him.
The waves rise and fall and rise again, washing the shore. The rhythm is a song in my heart and mind. It reminds me there is a plan, it is not random.
He sent his only begotten son to redeem me, heal me, and wash me clean. My robe is washed by the lamb, Jesus, my savior. God sent his son to redeem all those who would believe and call upon him.
It is a new day, a day the Lord God has made.
Sing about his goodness, I will sing about his provision for my needs. I will tell the world about his love and his mercy. I will praise his name forever.
In him only will I place my trust. His plan is perfect. His plan is in motion. I will trust him with my life and my eternal home.
I will rejoice and be glad.