Where Do You Find Restoration?

It was a soon-to-be-sunny morning. I was in Edmonds with extra time on my hands, so I headed for a driftwood bench lodged in fluffy, grey sand near the ferry dock, and took a seat. The sand was smooth and saturated at the edge of the receding tide. A heron waded in the shallows, bobbing for minnows. I breathed in the salty sea air while distant ferryboats, concealed by thick fog on the sound, honked to alert each other of their whereabouts. The breeze was cool and yet I felt the sun beginning to warm my back from behind the dissolving clouds. Waves lapped. Gulls shrieked. Children frolicked. Power walkers chatted. The water, and the activities on the shore, always help to clear my head and restore my soul.

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  1. SusieO posted on 07/18/2012 09:34 AM
    What a beautiful description, Tom! Made me wish i could just leave and go to the beach to soak it all in! Thanks!!!
  2. AshleeM posted on 07/18/2012 09:53 AM
    This is why I can never move away from the bay. I may not get there as often as I want to, but I know I can. I feel very close to God there, his beauty is nourishment for my soul.
    Gods blessings upon you and your family Tom.
  3. LoriR_6 posted on 07/18/2012 10:16 AM
    God has certainly given you the gift of the written word - I felt like it was me sitting on that driftwood bench, thank you for that lovely restful moment in my day!
  4. LeighC posted on 07/18/2012 10:45 AM
    I'm reminded of Psalm 23, specifically verse 2 "He MAKES me lie down...". My mom is always 'go, go, go' and she is now frequently very sick in her later years. But regardless, she still tries to 'go, go, go'. It's when she doesn't listen to her doctor (or her family) that is usually when she gets some ailment that's so severe that she's forced to rest for a long time ("He MAKES me lie down...".) I'm consistently reminded that God gave doctors to wisdom to help us heal, but it's up to us to follow through. Or He might MAKE us lie down so we can be restored. ;o]

    Psalm 23:1-3 (NIV)

    The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
    he leads me beside quiet waters,
    3 he refreshes my soul.
    He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
    4 Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
    I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

    5 You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
    You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
    6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
    and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.
  5. MaryD_7 posted on 07/19/2012 08:51 AM
    Love having mornings/days like what you described!! Brings back memories of family picnic at ferry dock and having sisters and their boyfriends spitting watermelon seeds at each other. Quiet time with God is awsome at the beach.
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