“Don't grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach.” - Michelle Held
Let Your hand be on the Man of Your right hand, on the Son of man whom You have made strong for Yourself. Psalm 80:17
Took an early morning walk with Dan (my 12-year old son), a cool, windy beach greeted us. Dan is nearly as tall as I am now; when summer is over, “Nearly” is a word I will not use in describing his height in comparison to me. He is changing right before my eyes.
The beach and the ocean of Hatteras remind me of change. For the 20 (plus years) I have been coming to this majestic place I have seen many changes. The Island has changed, the dunes have changes, the people have changed…I have changed. I first came as a young husband, barely recognizable as a man, and morphed into a 54-year-old father of seven. How did that happen?
I’m guessing it has something to do with the word “plus”…that’s the word the Father gave me this morning. I am not exactly sure what it means for me yet but it reminds me of another description for this place. Its the word…discovery…that’s the fun part. The Scripture in Psalms 80 reads this way in the CEV translation (Contemporary English Version).
“But help the one who sits at your right side, the one you raised to be your own.”
He has raised me to be His own…that’s the powerful change that has made my life what it is…blessed. My life “plus” His has relationally changed me forever.
That’s is a good word.