I was urged by a coworker to think about going to Sabbath by the Sea at Twin Rocks the end of January. I dragged my feet, so to speak, as I thought of the things I needed to or should do. But that line of thinking might be what led me to decide I should go just to get away.
You might have guessed by now that it turned out to be the best thing I had done for myself in a long time. I was able to worship with others in songs and in prayers—first thing in the morning and last thing in the evening. Yet the schedule offered a lot of time to spend with myself and my Lord, with no responsibilities for anybody else, just me! Time to sit and listen to him and converse with him.
I was awake before daylight one morning, so I decided to go out on the deck and listen to the ocean and pray. I began singing “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” then “When Morning Gilds the Sky.” While I sang, the dark night slowly became a very soft daylight, and the ocean gradually appeared. I stood in awe of God and his creation.
On my final day of retreat, I was enjoying my last of many walks on the beach, talking and listening to the Lord. As I headed back toward Harbor Villa, I said “Oh, Lord, it would be cool if I could find a really pretty seashell to remind me of this wonderful week with you.” I did find some good ones, but as I was almost to the end of my walk I looked over toward the ocean and spotted a perfect shell, intact and beautiful. It made me think of God’s wings enfolding me in his love, reminding me to rest in him.
The Lord calls us to rest in him. He takes great delight in us when we do.