Jul 9, 2011

"I love to take long walks on the beach."

A few weeks ago the Watsons took a family trip to Edisto Beach in the bottom corner of South Carolina. We have family down there so we packed up the dogs and gathered all the food and headed towards the big blue ocean.

The week was peaceful and relaxing. To give you an idea if you've never been to Edisto; it's covered in trees with hanging moss and if you're not wanting to rock on the front porch and listen to the whippoorwill birds, then all you can do is head down to Whaley's-- the tiny karaoke bar in the middle of the island.

 I love to take long walks on Edisto beach, and I'll tell you why..

When someone is describing things that they like, the saying "I love to take long walks on the beach" has kind of become a humerous cliche. Well I want to dive into something deeper with this saying. Imagine your long lonely walk on the beach is your lifelong walk with God. I did and my eyes were opened to a whole new realization.

At Edisto Beach, every now and then you'll come across a trail of rocks that are placed from the dunes all the way to the water. It's like the rocks section off parts of the beach.

Seeing this image, I compared it to my own life. Having God being my first priority, my walk with Him should be smooth and flat--just like a perfect walk in the sand. Yeah you might step on a seashell every now and then, but it's nothing compared to walking next to the beautiful ocean. Walking at Edisto, God pointed out something different, because nobody's life is perfect and smooth. No one has a life where it's just a simple walk on the beach. There will always be trials-- there will always be rocks.

As I walked down the beach, I was kinda troubled because I wasn't sure how I was going to get over those rocks. They were huge, and the tide was high so there was no way to get around them. I was thinking I could walk over them but it was dangerous and could take awhile. Then I saw a pathway leading up into the tall dunes. I slowly followed it and it led me to a simple path right over to the other side of the rocks.
"Well that was easier than I thought," I said to myself.

Things then began to click in my head. If I truly trust God, the trials that are placed in my life will be easy to overcome. He can lead me over the rocks. And then I can still enjoy my long walk on the beach.

My sister and I loving Edisto.