The Truth about Life on the Edge
We walked on sand next to water – along the edge. With sun beating down, rain sometimes falling, we talked and sat and waited for fish. We shared hearts and enjoyed. There are a thousand stories the ocean tells and we were there to listen.
I love life next to the edge of the sea and this is what I saw…. starfish, broken but healing, each oyster shell a unique and bumpy design, a man of peace baiting hooks hoping for a catch, children running with buckets of water, surfers, and a captain of catamarans. Women in hats, a wedding party, a toad fish rescued from a hook searching for the safety of the waves, rain drops that cool skin. The sound of the ocean, the heavy saltiness of the air…it all comes together in a sea of experience.
But there was more… peace was there at the edge and I was out to live under a very big sky that always reminds me my Father can handle anything that concerns me. We were the audience for the waves that sing of His faithfulness, that tumble over with the lace of petticoats and run towards us on the shore like they want to kiss our feet.
I walked to the point where the water comes into the creek and watched the tide return.
Are we not all like the healing starfish, the bumpy oyster, the fisherman hoping?
“God is always seeking you. Every sunset. Every clear blue sky. Every ocean wave. The starry hosts of night. He blankets each new day with the invitation…’I am here.'” ~Lou Giglio
I am a traveler, a sojourner, not a tourist. I am filled with Heaven-birthed purpose. While I’m not what I once was, I am always becoming more of who He created me to be as I engage with the earth and people around me, as I stop to see what is there. And Jesus did this incredible work of creating all we see and I don’t want to miss any of it. I want to live life on the edge so as to accept His invitation and grasp all the senses can contain as a gift, thankful in the moments, a hunter of the God-deposits in a day. In that way, I look God in the eye and see Him in all that surrounds me from faces to tides.
Life on the edge is intentional, searching for the significant, the face to face. Life is meant for us to be more than an observer but a participant. Our lives here are brief and I want to take hold of Him and take hold of all He has placed in my path as I live more fully…expecting Him to dazzle me in a way that makes me want to shout and dance with joy as He reveals always more. It is in knowing the Father more fully that makes fear shrink away.
God’s kindness displays itself before me, His love changes me, draws me to repentance, and fills me intensely. God’s strength that I’ve come to know helps me when days are beautiful and when days are ugly. The smaller I feel at this life on the edge, the more I realize my true significance is rooted only in Him – the One who faithfully holds the universe in His hands and yet is always focused on me. This is where it truly begins – where the edge of my faith and expectations meet His gaze. I realize over and again that He just wants me to know Him and follow where He leads for that will always take me to the very edge of what I think is possible, to greater depths of faith, and that’s right where I need to be if I am going to do the things that Jesus did.
As the sun was setting, the light and clouds danced with the water dressing the earth in pink, orange, and gold! I wanted to applaud! What a show that the Creator puts on from day to day! And if He can do that and more, I don’t ever have to be afraid to walk along the edge of faith. I don’t have to let anything hold me back from following this amazing adventure-loving God! He is jealous-joyous over me and you, wanting us all to Himself, teaching us to take our timid steps of faith, calling us ever deeper into knowing Him and being filled with His love. He is uncontainable and is the only thing that simultaneously wraps His love around me and frees me in abundance! And daily, He invites me to waltz with Him.
As we packed up and drove home, the cool wind blowing our hair like God’s goodnight kisses, our hearts had been filled at the edge of the sea. Life on the edge with this God? Yes!
*This edited post was first published 5 years ago today when Jeff and I were getting to know each other the year before we were married. Those long walks along the beach knit our hearts together so that we can face anything today because of God’s strength flowing through us. We have to be prepared spiritually because we don’t know what tomorrow will bring. God prepares us by showing us how to follow Him through things in the day-to-day, stretching us, teaching us to obey, so that we will be able to follow Him into the unknown or when it makes absolutely no sense at all. And yes, we still walk that same beach.
From the desk by the window where my heart and mug are full of warmth.
(c) August 24, 2017 – original post was August 24, 2012. Sozo Life & Leadership, LLC