Last week I arrived at my favorite place in the world….the beach at Rio Del Mar in Aptos, on the California coastline! Every year for the past seven years, I have been blessed beyond belief to be able to spend some time at a house right on the ocean.
Each February, as I drive around the corner and the skyline comes into view with the ocean sparkling in the sun, I can feel all the weight and pressures of this world melting away as I breathe in the fresh air and lay eyes on God’s amazing creation. This year was no exception. When I arrived the warm sun was shining, the sky was crystal clear and the blue ocean seemed to sparkle with diamonds as the suns rays reflected down on it.
I always arrive in the late afternoon and after unpacking the car I sit on the balcony taking in the sights and sounds and watch the sunset over the ocean. It was as inspirational as ever.
The first night we were here, we all slept together in the master bedroom and just as we were drifting off to sleep we heard a big bang! Right out our window someone was lighting off fireworks on the beach and we had a birds eye view. It was spectacular! I laid there in bed and just smiled. It was as if the Lord Himself was welcoming us to the beach and celebrating our arrival. I felt so very special.
This morning I was awakened in the very early morning hours by my precious sweet smelling baby boy. As I kissed his cheek and looked up from bed I saw the most amazing sunrise (and the photo does not do it justice!)….
I pulled the warm down comforter up over me and just stared out the window in awe. What a beautiful experience! As I remembered that today was Valentines Day, I couldn’t help but think in the stillness of the morning, that the Lord was sending me His own personal valentine in the form of this beautiful red, pink, yellow & orange glow. This favorite Bible verse from Zephaniah 3:17 came to my mind and filled my heart –
“The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
God truly wants to fill our hearts and lives with His perfect and amazing love. He loves us despite our flaws. He loves us in the midst of our disobedience. He knows everything about us…every thought, every mistake, every bad habit, every sin, every deep, dark corner that we hide from others….and He still loves us. He loves us…no matter what!
May you each bask in the warmth of God’s love this Valentines Day. His love is truly amazing!