Monday, May 16, 2011

Toes in the Sand

"Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me." Psalm 51:10

It is almost here. SUMMER. I rejoice in the longer days, weeping willows, playgrounds, swimming pools and most of all, toes in the sand! There is something so majestic, so magnificent about the pull of the ocean and the tingle of the sand between our toes.

I took our two young daughters to the beach last week, just for a day. While they loved the rides and boardwalk, they asked repeatedly if they could put those sweet pink toes in the sand. We were able to honor that request. And though the entire day was filled with memorable moments, the most memorable was the sound of my children's laughter as they drew in the sand and stood, wind blowing their hair back breathing in God's creation. The older child drew very clearly a Jesus fish in the sand. The younger dabbled closer to the water's edge and wrote her name in big bold letters in the pale landscape. I watched as the water lapped against her masterpiece, fading it with each small wave. And I prayed that her heart would never allow the tide of the world wipe away the truths that God has hidden in her precious heart. But, I also prayed that like the sand washed clean with the tide, that we would never take for granted how our own sin is wiped away by the grace and mercy of Jesus.

When we approach God with our sin, confessing, repenting, trusting His response, we wipe the sand clean. Miraculous,yes! Deep wounds threaten to shake our resolve, sin breaks our hearts, but an ocean of forgiveness awaits us.

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9

So, I challenge you today to get toes in the sand, toe to toe with the sea, ready to draw those transgressions on the sand, ready for the well of truth to wash over those transgressions. Accept the smooth sand God wants to provide, accept His perfect love and forgiveness. What a blessing to be toes in the sand!



Melanie Redd said...

Hey Heather...

I can just see those little girls putting their toys in the sand and enjoying the beach. You are blessed to live close enough to go for the day!

And, don't you love the way God's daily mercies are like that tide - washing away all of our sins!

Thanks for a great visual reminder today.

Blessings, Melanie

Toyin O. said...

Amen Heather, I am ever so grateful for the forgivness I find in Christ. Thanks for the reminder.

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A multi-dimensional life said...

This is beautiful Heather! Yes, an ocean of forgiveness and smooth sand! Ahhh! So grateful for grace and God's promises!

Warren Baldwin said...

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9

It is ironic that the very thing we so often do - hide our sins - is the very thing that keeps them living and active in our lives. Coming clean and confessins is what robs them of their power and control over us. Jesus saves!