Wednesday, October 19, 2011

To the Ocean and Back Again

The past several days have been filled with surprises, both bad and good.

To make a long story short, I accompanied my husband on a job near a beach house on the Connecticut shore. He ran into some job-related problems which made our planned return on Saturday impossible.

Sunday morning, instead of venturing out to find a church, I walked along the ocean by myself and talked to God.

Now, I'll be the first to agree that being stranded near the ocean is not so bad. However, I had things to do back home.

Also had to arrange by phone for someone to go into our house back home to feed Honey Cat.

My frustration levels were at an all time high.

However, as I walked along the sandy beach and squinted out onto the water, my worries disipated.

Sunlight reflected on the waves like millions of liquid diamonds.

A seagull let out his lonely "caw" and the waves swooshing against the shore drowned out my worries.

Taking one moment at a time, I decided to just let go. The results stunned in a good way.

They included going out and buying lobster sandwiches and delicious cups of coffee.

In addition, I hit a couple of yard sales and bought some great treasures, some nice enough that they can be used as Christmas gifts.

Best of all, the ocean's steady rhythum and startling beauty melted all stress and tension.



Linda @ A La Carte said...

The ocean has always been a calming, soothing place for me. I love to walk the beach and have felt so close to God there. Thanks for reminding me that the rhythm of life is never ending.

diane stetson said...

I have a very favorite spot near the ocean where I live that I go to whenever I feel the stress of life. It is a wonderful feeling to sit there on a bench and watch the beautiful waves and sunshine ..and it calms me greatly.

Linda O'Connell said...

The ocean tugs on my soul with the same intensity that the moon pulls the tide. I feel closer to God there than anywhere. Thanks for taking me to the beach this morning :)

Chatty Crone said...

Oh my goodness - you were sure on a beautiful beach. Hard trip with nice benefits.

I think the beach and the ocean - for me - relaxes me for a couple reasons. One the sound is memorizing and that makes you relaxed. The second is you can certainly see and feel the power of God there - and that makes your feel safe.

Me anyway.


T's Daily Treasures said...

Sounds like that little inconvenience turned into something wonderful. The lull of the tide as it swooshes in and out, over and over and over again, has the ability to calm and recharge at the same time. Hope your day is wonderful, Tammy

Kit said...

Hard to say why it does. But I know, my husband and I vacation each summer on the Oregon Coast and we return home so much more at peace. I love it! Kit

Rebecca said...

I think the vastness of the ocean puts our worries into proper perspective - so small compared to the ocean's depth, power & scope....

Kind of the same thing happens when I take time to look at the heavens.

Such beautiful pictures, Susan. I'm a little envious :)

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