The waves of the ocean rage as they crash upon the beach. I sit, looking out at the sea and the glistening of the water as it moves so gracefully towards my feet and washes over me. The feel of the water is so cool and relaxing as it covers me and then, ever so quickly, pulls back out into the ocean. I lay on my back, resting in the warm sand as the sun kisses my face with its heat. As I stare up at the beautiful blue sky I begin to think how anyone could deny that God is the creator of all this that gives this world so much beauty, that He is the creator of everything. I watch the clouds as they are being pushed across the sky by the wind. As the breeze blows and the saltiness of the air envelopes me and the sound of the rushing water soothes me I know that even though I may seem alone, God is right beside me. I can feel His presence in every detail of my surroundings. I can see His existence in everything around me. I lay here entranced in the peace of Him and His presence that floods over me. Soon the sun will begin to duck behind the clouds as dusk will soon approach. I will watch the sun set and the moon will rise with all the stars spread out so precisely in the dark sky. Tomorrow may never come and today will soon be an end. So the time I have now I will cherish and put to use as I remain in the peace of your presence to take me where you want me. For now I will say, Goodnight.
- Not based on true events.
I sit hear with many thoughts running through my mind; Things I am thankful for, tasks that I need to get done, stuff I would like to discuss with people, but decided to continue to keep it to myself. So many thoughts… So many things that I contemplate doing or saying.. So here I am searching in the depths of my mind, trying to sort through it all. Shall I speak what’s hidden in there? Shall I keep it tucked away? Shall I express what I really think? Shall I share my sincere feelings? Here I am pondering on what to do. Friends are honest… or suppose to be, right? What if what I say hurts them? What if they pull away? What if they become angered at my words? So many what ifs run through my mind. I always talk about how truth should be held above all things, but when it comes to very serious conversations or issues that are a big deal, to yourself, it becomes hard to be fully open and honest with someone. When someone else’s life is affected by their mistakes and uncaringness how do you approach them and let them see, hear, and feel the love that are in the words you say to them? So many questions play in my mind like a broken record player. I want to open up. I want to be honest. More importantly, I want them to listen. I want them to be accepting of the concern I have for them. I want them to see the view from the outside of their life….. Until my words are spoken they will continue to stay within the deepest parts of my mind, counseled for only me to know. I will continue to pray for God’s guidance in their life and for all blinders to be removed! I will continue to show them love and compassion. I will continue to just be there…
I go each day seeking the truth in all things. I live a life following Christ and my desire is to know and obey His will for my life. I am not a perfect Christian nor do I claim to be one. I do, however, long to know the truth and speak it through His spirit anytime possible. I don’t understand how someone can shut down true facts when it’s presented to them. When the truth is staring you straight in the face will you accept it? Would you be open to receive it? or would you reject it? or ignore it? I’m not just talking about the truth of God’s word, I am talking about all truth in general. Sometimes we want people to tickle our ears by telling us what we want to hear, but what good comes from that? how is that encouraging? in what way can that build us up? The truth can hurt at times and sometimes we accept it easily when it is poured out into our lives, but what about when the truth seems harsh or insensitive, then we don’t want to listen or accept it. Sometimes the truth is mistaken for judgment and people’s first reaction is “don’t judge me!” when in fact it isn’t judgment, but truth. I am saying this because I am coming to a point in my life that I am no longer going to tip toe around people who are not open to the truth. God has called all His children to follow and worship Him in Spirit and in Truth, not lies and ear tickling. It is possible to speak truth out of love and not be a stumbling block to your brothers in sisters in Christ. As the body of Christ we are to hold each other accountable and be encouraging and uplifting in our walk. To many Christians go day by day without being honest with their fellow brothers and sisters because of the fear of upsetting them or angering them with the truth. May I ask why you would compromise the truth when you know what is better for their soul in the end? If you are not completely honest with someone then you are giving in to lies and deception no matter how small the matter is, truth always outweighs not being honest. I have not been open and honest in the past with loved ones because of being afraid of how it would affect their emotions over how it is affecting their souls and life. I have seen things that could have been prevented if I would have just spoken up, so I have learned the true importance of speaking the truth for the sake of someone’s soul! As a Christian it means to be Christ like. Christ always spoke the truth and in return some where angered, most persecuted him, he faced many trials and tribulation from the religious crowd. Living your life as a true Christian means to take up your cross and follow Him daily. He tells us that those who choose His life over this world and over the traditions of man will face persecution, trials, and tribulation, but the end is all worth it! The truth, will you know it when it stares you in the face?