Something about the ocean amazes and scares me.
Amazes me because God created it.
Scares me because of all creatures that swim around and I can't see them.
Everyone that is close to me knows that I don't go in unless I can see my toenail polish. The image of the thousands of jellyfish that surrounded me as a child are too much sometimes. I have missed out on much because of this fear of mine.
But, yesterday it called me in.
And I went.
I stood there in the ocean for at least 30 minutes. Amazed and not scared. As I stood there all I could think about is how I was still standing. The waves would knock me over and I got right back up. Another one. Another one. Another one. No nibbles on my toes. No big shark fin popping out in front of me. Only the beauty of the ocean before me. And He was calling me to dance.
To live life and dance. To abide in Him. And when I fall, He will pick me up. And He will twirl me around. And He will whisper, "Dance again. Keep on dancing, my beloved." And I will bend my knees and give thanks to Him who created all things.
"By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us."