Sands of Love

Recently I had the privilege of going to Myrtle Beach, SC with our church’s youth ministry, Fused.  One of the highlights of the week for me was getting to have quiet time with Jesus on the beach every morning.  Nature provides my best connection to Jesus, and the beach is the ultimate connection place for me, so I found that very fueling.

One morning in particular, our prayer guide for our quiet time directed us to Psalm 139:17-18:

How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.  They cannot be numbered!

I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand!

The guide then invited us to pick up a small handful of sand and try to drop one grain at a time, thinking of something good about ourselves with each grain.

I got to about seven.

I stared and stared at that handful of sand, amazed that He had that many good thoughts about me.  That’s when Jesus — if He weren’t so full of grace — would have done a facepalm.  He said, “Liz, look up!  Look around you!  How many grains of sand are in the stretch of beach that you see?  How many are in the stretches that you can’t see from here?  How many are on all the beaches of the world?”

I was totally undone.

That kind of love is a love worth diving into and exploring as much as I’m able.  Don’t you want to come, too?

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