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Shifting Sand


22 May 2024

By Ginny Miller of Independence, Missouri, USA

I wait for the Lord; my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning.

Psalm 130:5–6

I stood at the edge of a beautiful beach with soft, white sand where the waves were unusually rough. High surf warnings were posted. I stepped into the warm, salty water just far enough for my toes to get wet. As the poet John Masefield wrote, “I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied.”

As the waves rolled in, pounding against the shore, I could feel the vast power of God’s ocean. Just as quickly as it came in, the water would be sucked back out, and the sand beneath my feet would give way. With each wave I had to learn a different way to remain upright in the moving sand.

We all have shifts in our discipleship that feel like this moving sand. Something causes what we have always said, done, or thought to change. Joyous moments occur. Doubts creep in. Opportunities appear. Sometimes while we are just standing there, we are splashed unexpectedly. Life starts going in a different direction.

The core values and beliefs that we learned when we first encountered God are what allow us as disciples to reorient our feet the first time the sand shifts. Those beliefs are how we know we need to reset our stance.

Our spiritual journey tells us where to move our feet again and again as the waves hit. Sometimes when we move our feet and venture into uncharted territory, we painfully step on a broken seashell, and other times we place our feet on soft, comforting sand.

In this new awareness we journey in trust, knowing that these are the critical touchpoints of our discipleship. They reframe how we think, how we act, and what we do. They allow us to move forward in hope and expectancy.

Prayer Phrase

“What can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).

Spiritual Practice

Breathe Hope

Find a quiet space where you can sit without distractions. Light a candle. Take a few deep breaths, allowing your body to relax with each exhale. As you breathe, let go of any tension or worries you may be holding onto. Take notice of the way the flame dances and flickers, casting light and shadow in the room. As you observe the flame, imagine it symbolizing the spark of hope within you. With each breath, imagine the flame growing brighter and stronger. Visualize this light spreading throughout your body, filling you with a sense of hope and positivity. Take a moment to express gratitude for the blessings in your life, no matter how small they may seem.

Today’s Prayer for Peace

Engage in a daily practice of praying for peace in our world. Click here to read today’s prayer and be part of this practice of peace.

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