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Patiently sitting in a straight back uncomfortable chair in a sterile doctor’s office with my Dad waiting on the Dr.  The room was filled with the necessary equipment for exams and procedures, the ominous looking machines with scopes attached and monitors glaring at us.  Although, that captured my Dad’s attention, he was most enamored by the picture on the wall.  You have seen them, the almost cartoon like drawing of a beach with the Wooden beach rental chairs and an umbrella in the middle.  This picture prompted a memory of more than 50 years ago of a young teen age boy, earning gas money during the summer on Clearwater beach and my Dad began to talk about the job of putting out the chairs, the fact that it was $2.00 a day to rent them.  “It wasn’t a bad job, but when I got the job with the City as a Lifeguard, it was a pay raise and a promotion. I was the one in charge on the beach.”  A sweet conversation ensued about his time working on the beach.

I believe with all of my heart that the ocean is God’s best work!  It is my happy place.  I do my best work on the beach, listening to the waves crash, watching the waves creep up the sand, but never go too far, and simply soaking in the vastness of the deep blue-green ocean.  When trouble abound, I head to the beach for clarity and direction.  My Dad instilled in me a love for the big beautiful body of water, from my first swim in Clearwater beach at the ripe old age of 3 weeks.

Sweet memories of times gone by are more available than the simple things of now, like, what was eaten for lunch or how long he has to stay in rehab.  I was reminded this morning, that we need to reminisce and we need to reflect on our journey with God as well.  Through all of our good times, today and yesterday, God is with us, He reminds us of what He has done in our lives, through the lessons from Deuteronomy 8:2-3:

“And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord[1]

Lord, help me to foster those memories and not get frustrated with answering the “today” questions over and over again.



[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Dt 8:2–3). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.



 


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07/13/2016 9:17pm

You have an amazing interpretation regarding normal everyday objects we see and experience. I do believe that sometimes fragments of our memories are seen in simple, small objects we experienced before. The reason for you having an insight of your memory with the beach chairs is because of the experiences and the realization of your faith with God when you sat in it. God works in mysterious ways. God will give you bits of each of his love and grace to you in ways you cannot easily see.

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10/15/2016 8:07am

I do believe that we can use those memories as a testimony of how great the Lord is in our lives. It is indeed we need to reminisce and reflect on the things that the Lord has done with our lives. Through those memories, we are able to realize that even though life is full of tests, there are still hundreds of reasons to be happy. The Lord won't leave nor forsake us. He is the God yesterday, today and forever. Thank you for sharing this. I was able as well to realize something.

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11/21/2016 8:44am

Yes, I believe so much on this and have experienced myself how wonderful and miraculous it is to be embraced and touched by our nature. We might grow old and forget the past things good or bad that happened in our lives but surely we will forever nourish and remember how we've loved and feel the nature. It gives your spirit and soul the refreshing and relaxing memories. When I was younger, I loved so much to stay in the beach, to swim, to relax , and just to be quiet and calm with the beauty of nature.

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    So many things define me... married to the love of my life for 32 years, mom to 5 plus one (a son-in-love), a bible study teacher, a full time professional, and now a published Author.


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