September 4, 2013 by Jess

Otago PeninsulaGolden sand squelching between the toes, the ability to fall softly as you tear down the dune, fun and laughter.  At the bottom a place to relax, sit back and soak in both time and warmth as one looks out over the sea.

The sea.  What kind of emotions does the sea or ocean make you feel?

warningThere were days when the sea set off warnings in my heart.  Watch out, be careful!  The sea, wild, unpredictable with waves that knock you down.  With deep lurking depths of unknowns… sharks… tsunami

The sea representing anything but peace and rest for one so vulnerable.

And yet sitting on the beach, back from the chaos one could doze, soak up the sun and refresh.  Sandfly Bay, Otago Peninula

Otago Peninsula The dunes of rolling sand are warm and inviting, hiding snippets of colour safe amongst the tussocks.

Otago Peninsula

Otago Peninusla

The contrast is stark as the roar of the pounding waves creep closer, reminding one that the chaos of the pounding waves is near.

Sandfly Bay

The sea and the waves we have no control over.  The sheer unpredictability makes them something reasonable to fear.  The peace of the beach can be shattered in a moment as one rouge wave races, challenging children and adults alike to find shelter further up the dune.

My ability to peacefully enjoy the beach, so close to the sea, comes from one source, Jesus Christ who demonstrated his power to control the wind and the waves.

And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.  Mark 4:39

Whilst everyone else was in fear, He was in control.

And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”  Mark 4:41

Who can speak and the waves obey?  Imagine that.  The power to bring calm to the chaos and might.  This is the power and authority of Jesus Christ the Son of God.

The wild of the sea and its raw chaos, bring a sense of heightened emotion.  I am small and vulnerable but strangely refreshed by a step out of a world in which order and control are the expected norm.  It is here that I am reminded that I am vulnerable, small, and have little hope of controlling what is around.  It is here that I am reminded that my hope is not in my ability to control, but in the ONE who is IN CONTROL.

Sandfly Bay, Otago Peninsula

The Sea, a refreshing reality check.

This post is a part of the wordpress photo challenge:

share a photo which means SEA to you! 

Sorry for so many beach and sand shots, my camera had trouble by-passing the beach to focus on the sea!

4 thoughts on “SEA

  1. Penny says:

    Nice photos! 🙂 I like how you captured the safety of the lamb (especially with that keep out sign) and flowers, amongst the strength and power of the sea and wind. You know, I only thought of the fact that going out in the boat, into the storm was Jesus’ idea, last time I blogged. Isn’t it awesome that like the lamb, not only does God keep us safe in these situations but these situations are the best place for us. 🙂

  2. Very nice photo JS, The beach looks Clean

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