Looking out at the ocean, my mind was filled with wonder. So much water. It just went on and on until the horizon–such an incredible a sight. On top of the awe I felt in looking out over this marvel of creation, I found myself also basking in the warmth of the sun, and the almost perfect temperature balance of the cool water on my toes.
Suddenly, my dreamlike experience was interrupted by some commotion further down on the beach. “What was going on?” I wondered. As I got closer, I could see that a crowd had built up around a bunch of kids playing at a sandcastle. Their laughing, smiling, and energy was bringing joy to everyone admiring them.
But, just to be clear, this was no ordinary sandcastle. This thing was so big, there were rooms in it. The kids also built some tunnels that they were able to pass some of their toys through. Wow! One of the fathers was also playing with the kids because I believe it was his idea that had conceived the suctioning of water from the ocean through some kind of contraption that the kids could then use to soak each other (and imaginary armies attacking their castle). It was an incredible sight to behold.
Now here’s the point to me telling you this story—-it’s just a story.
Actually, I’ve been thinking about this story for the past couple of weeks because I think that’s how life is. Stay with me on this.
In this story, the kids (and the father), as well as the onlookers were having fun. They were enjoying themselves and that is a good thing. Life should be like that. I hope you are enjoying your life because whether it’s with amazing sights of creation to behold, or amazing foods that dazzle your taste buds, or fragrances that make your nose come alive, or any other experience in life that invigorate our senses, all of us should find pleasure in living life.
But, with that said, there is a need for balance to just enjoying the individual moments of life and that is perspective. The reality is that when the tide rises, the sandcastle in this story will be destroyed and be no more. Just like that, the dream will be over.
Life is like that too. How much longer will you live before the high tide of life comes in? 40 years, 20 years, 5 more years, 1 more year; 30 more minutes?—none of us know, but the certainty is there. Then, what?
My friend, I apologize if you were looking for a fun, little post about kids on beaches, and then got whiplash to thinking about “deep things”.
To be honest though, my heart seems pretty heavy these days as I’ve perceived people getting overly focused BUILDING SAND CASTLES. In what they talk about, what I see their time being spent on, etc., it all seems to be focused on the here and now. Just to be overly communicative, I believe life should be enjoyed. Personally, I am finding greater and greater appreciation for every day I have and the sights and sounds that make up my days.
But, something inside of me, blares out through posts like this one to encourage others not only seek to enjoy life now, but to prepare yourself for the eventual day when this life is over for you and the next life begins.
Have you given that any thought lately?
For some, they have never thought about life beyond their time now on the beach building bigger, and cooler sand castles, If that is you, let me encourage you to pause from your beach building and consider your unworthiness to stand before the holy God who created the vast ocean next to your little project. Before Him, you, like I am, are unworthy. The Bible says we are all sinners, and all we deserve is separation, death, and judgement. Instead, this gracious, and loving God offers us forgiveness and mercy. What He offers to all who will accept this free gift is His kindness. Have you accepted His generous gift made possible by the death of Jesus Christ, and His resurrection?
For others, you accepted His gift a while ago, but you have gotten so distracted by building sand castles that you have lost perspective. You have been so captivated by building the coolest sandcastle that you have made this the priority in your life. You spend extra resources on your project. You talk with others about their sand castles to get ideas on how to improve yours. You tend to do a lot of looking at others to judge your own to improve your feelings of importance.
If that describes you, you need to look beyond your sand castle to the ocean behind it. Let me encourage you to once again consider the awesomeness of the One who created that vast ocean in front of you and Who has made a provision for you to come to know Him (as you once did). You need to get perspective to remember this bigger picture of life. Yes, we are to enjoy each and every day, but we are also to live with eternity in mind and prioritize our behaviors now based on that eternal perspective.
How are you living your life, my friend? Are you able to not only enjoy your sandcastle, but the Creator of the ocean behind it?