One of my favorite places on God’s earth is at Monterey Bay here on the California Coast. At the southern tip of the bay where it meets the open ocean, large waves crash on building size rock formations creating a scene of awesome power. Near the beach is a smaller formation that receives the partially spent waves but still with a powerful display of water crashing upon rocks. At low tide you can climb onto this smaller formation, and when you reach the top you find there a seat smoothed by the crashing waves. I love to sit there feeling the waves crash around me. It’s like being in the midst of great power but protected from the danger.
When I visit this place, I feel very close to God. The awesome power of these waves reminds me of how God is ultimately powerful. The peace and security I feel reminds me that I am protected by his love for me. I feel as if I’m in the shadow of his wings. (see Psalm 17). I usually don’t want to leave. I know I have to because high tide is coming, and I must return to the world and its trials. It seems amazing that a place so filled with chaotic noise and danger would be a place of peace and comfort, but I assure you it is.
Just a few hundred yards north along the beach, the rocks are gone and the waves brake into a rolling foam and crash into the beach. Facing what promised to be a tough day at work, I left home early to walk along the beach in my favorite place. I needed the Lord to strengthen me. As I looked out over the ocean, the sun began to rise from behind me. The hill behind me was covered in a thick mist. The rays of the sun were refracted by the mist producing a unique phenomenon. The foam on the rolling waves began to take on the colors of the rainbow. It was a most beautiful display. As the sun continued to rise, the colors eventually faded, but I remained until it was finished.
This event reminded me of the great beauty of God. Throughout God’s creation, there is great beauty. We see his beauty in the sunrise and sunset, the flowers and trees, and in the mountains and the animals that he created. Every once in a while, we get a special glimpse as I did that morning. The day went much better than I had anticipated. Who could have a bad day after that?
Our creator is awesomely powerful and greatly beautiful. I have learned to look for his attributes each day. I find abundant comfort in remembering who he is as I walk in the midst of what he has made.