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.