“Come walk with me, Mary, along the shores of the great sea," bid Jesus.
I readily accept His invitation. The wet sand is hard, yet our feet make slight indentations in it. . . until the waves come ashore and scrape them from the sand . . . and they're gone.
"Look behind you Mary; what do you see?"
"Clear beach," I respond, "no sign of our passing together."
Jesus shares, "When looking behind you, much has been scraped away, but keep your eyes focused on Me in your present, and what truths of the past you need will always be there."
"As we walk side by side, Mary, what do your ears hear?"
I smile, "Gentle waves climbing on the sand and drawing back, also mixing with their constant motion my ears enjoy the love, kindness, understanding, caring~ all in your voice. Here on this beach with You, my Lord, is peace and rightness."
Jesus smiles too, "Warm sun, cool breezes are blessings from My Father for you Mary. But will it be always like this? See the clouds on the horizon. What do you read from them?"
"Lord, they clue me in that a storm is brewing". Soon the gentle waves grow more aggressive; breeze transforms into fierce winds causing the palms to bow before their Creator. Ahh, Lord, should we look for shelter?
Jesus looks me in the eye, "Mary, what greater shelter do you require than to walk at my side?"
Yes, what indeed? This storm causes me to put all my weight forward in order to make progress against the wind; waves climb up my legs and rain pellets sting my arms and face. But as the tempest grows more powerful, Jesus holds my arm and steadies me. His eyes are confident and kind. My physical muscles may be less than they once were, but Jesus is my sturdy support. He has always been faithful and I trust Him in this storm to walk all the way through it with me.
Psalm 16:8 I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
Are you walking through a storm today? Are you trusting Jesus to support you all the way through? He is faithful, you know.
Matthew 28:20 (NKJV)
teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you;
and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.