November 29, 2021 – A Quiet Walk on the Beach

Today as I was on a walk along a nearly deserted beach, I found these two shells.

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I wasn’t looking for shells, but saw the first rolling in the incoming tide. As I stood up from picking it up, I saw the second almost beside my foot. I have always been intrigued by “old shells.” I wish they could tell their story of the storms they had weathered, the residents they had hosted and their life experiences. Everyone loves the “newer” shells but most walk right on past the “old weathered” shells. At least you won’t find them in the tourist shops and often you can see footprints by them on the beach as shell collectors pass them by.

Warning: there could be a sermon here…

as I walked along, with the shells in my hands, I sensed the Lord speaking to my heart. Yes, God speaks and we can hear if we listen, today I was listening.

This is the message I heard: the “old” shell represents my past, with all of its wonderful experiences, opportunities and blessings, including Shari. The “new” shell represents the present and the future, the promises of God that still stand for my life and His purposes that He is still working out in me. To embrace what God has for me now in this new season I have to be willing to release the past. My past will always be part of my life, but I cannot live there and embrace the future God has for me.

As I head home tomorrow from a great and challenging time here at the beach, my heart and my goal is to release the past and embrace all that God has In store for me in this “next season.” That doesn’t mean that the grief ends or that there won’t continue to be tears that at times flow uncontrollably. It does mean that I will be embracing the future as I work to let go of the past.

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