Alan Wildes

Alan Wildes

God is playful

I am a serious person.  (I’m sure that shocks you:)  I find myself taking life WAY too seriously most days.  I can remember growing up and all I wanted to do was play.  I see that in my 10 year old and 6 year old everyday.  All they want to do is have fun and avoid work (any kind of work).  When did that scenario take a 180 on me?

We are at the beach this week.  The beach is my favorite place in the world.  It is the only place that I can truly relax.  However, it usually takes me a few days to relax and by the middle of the week I am already worried about what all I have to do when I get back home.  Please tell me I am not the only person this screwed up!

This morning I could not sleep so I got up to enjoy the sunrise as I only do at the beach.  (I am NOT a morning person!)  I felt led to get my coffee and head out to the sand to be with God.  Mornings at the beach are unbelievably peaceful.  I took my coffee, my breakfast bar and my ipod to enjoy some worship music, think and pray.

As I listened to the music and began to think, I felt God urging me to not be so serious all the time.  Quit worrying.  “I have it all taken care of” I heard Him say in my head.  Part of my taking things too seriously is worrying about work and whether or not I will have enough of it to pay the bills.  Thinking about work and working hard is a good thing, but when it dominates your thoughts I don’t think that is pleasing to God.

I was thinking about the whole ‘serious’ thing when I saw the dorsal fins of two dolphins appear over the water.  That certainly caught my attention and made me smile.  I began to think about dolphins and how all they appear to be concerned about is playing and having fun.  I felt God smile as I received His message this morning.  As I kept watching,  the two dolphins then appeared in full body as they rode a wave together for a good 5 seconds; just having a good time!  What a gift!  All I could say was thank you.

I then felt led to a certain passage of scripture: Leviticus 18:1-5.  You know that had to be God because how else in the world could I have come up with that?!

Then the Lord said to Moses, Give the following instructions to the people of Israel.  I am the Lord your God.  So do not act like the people in Egypt, where you used to live, or like the people of Canaan, where I am taking you.  You must not imitate their way of life.  You must obey all my regulations and be careful to obey my decrees, for I am the Lord your God.  If you obey my decrees and my regulations, you will find life through them.  I am the Lord.

All I could do was say “Yes Lord.  I hear you.  Don’t act like the world.  Follow you.  You are in control.”

I love the beach.

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