Wednesday, September 15, 2010

One of my favorite places...

 If you seek Him 
 you will find Him

I have always loved the beach.  The first time I ever saw the ocean or was on a beach was after I graduated from high school and visited a friend in CA. I still remember the wonder of seeing it all, laying on the beach and feeling the hot sun on my back and loving it. I knew I wanted to return some day.  The next time I went was for our honeymoon at Virgina Beach.  It was so awesome to hear the roar of the waves each night from our ocean front room. Then while Jim was in Viet Nam he was able to fly to Hawaii for R and R.  We spent a glorious week on the beach!  We talked about how fun it would be to be stationed there one day.  About two years later we were indeed stationed at Scholfield Barrack, HI.  We lived on the beach on the North Shore for almost 5 years.  An amazing time in our lives and a dream come true. There is so much that I love about the ocean and the beach. I love the sound of the waves crashing onto the shore.  I love the look of the ocean, so powerful and mighty or  very calm and gentle.  I love the feel of the sand between my toes as I walk along the shore.  I love getting up early to watch the sun rise over the ocean. I love seeing it set at night as it looks like it is falling into the ocean. I love looking out at the ocean and catching a glimpse of dolphins or whales jumping or a boat sailing by.  Truly it is one of my favorite places to be.  For the past four years we have been fortunate enough to take a yearly trip to Gulf Shores, AL with our family.  I get to enjoy all the beauty of the ocean and beach for one week. I am full of thanks to God.  I see Him in the beauty all around me.

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Pamela said...

Elaine, what a picture you paint with your words, it brings back so many memories I have of the beach as well. It is indeed a peaceful place and always makes me feel closer to God. Enjoy my friend!