As you know last week I was blessed to be able to spend a week on the Gulf coast at one of my most favorite places – the beach. Oh the sun, the warm sand, the soft waves. No. not at all. Because of the recent Hurricane Alex, we spent most of the week being drenched by the feeder bands and then the remaining parts of the hurricane after it come upon shore. It was really disappointed, and quite thought provoking.
One day after spending a little too much time at the house ( even though I really can’t complain, the porches and the porch furniture at this house provided a very relaxing setting for a rainy day) I decided to take a rainy walk on the beach. As I walked on this lonely rainy beach, and I listened to the roar of the waves and watched the dance between the sand and the water, the beauty of this tainted day become very apparent. Also, during the trip I found two shells. Two shells that were almost perfect. One a Nautilus and the other a nice conch-type shell. Both just a little bit broken or covered with ‘junk from the sea”, however both are still very beautiful. It was in these shells that I finally realized something I have always thought – that the beach is so much like our lives. Everyday its different, and even what seems to be the most disappointing of times there is beauty.
Today, you may be dealing with disappointment in your life or in your work, or in your relationships, or maybe even in the mirror. Look past the imperfections and look for the beauty. These two shells are the only two I brought back this year and I hope that each time I glance over at them, I will remember that even when life is full of apparent disappointments that many blessing still exist.
24 This is the day the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 (New International Version)