As many will have heard me say at some stage in Church, one thing which I enjoy about the summer is walking along the beach, particularly in the summer evenings. I love to listen to and watch the waves as they wash up on the beach and disturb the resting sand - each wave leaving behind its own unique track on the beach. As I watch and listen, I think about how every wave is commanded by God, each grain of sand is made by God, and if this beautiful part of creation where not part of His plan, then those waves would not role and the grains of sand would not be there.
It would be impossible to count how many grains of sand are in one handful, never mind on one beach, but yet the Psalmist reminds us “How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you” (Psalm 139 17+18). This makes me wonder, how precious are the thoughts of God to each of us? Do we take time to stop and think about what God is really saying to us and doing in our lives? Earlier in this Psalm in verse 4 we read “Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely” and in verse 13 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb”. God knows everything there is to know about us, He even knows things about us that we don’t know ourselves. So, it is only right that we seek to follow God with every part of our being, because in verse 1 the Psalmist writes “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me”, and after all “Even the winds and the waves obey him!” (Matthew 8:27). How great is our God!
As we start a new academic year, try to make time in your life for God, take time to worship Him, serve Him, but most importantly know Him as your own God, Lord, and Saviour.
O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder
consider all the works thy hand hath made
I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,
thy power throughout the universe displayed:
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to thee,
How great thou art, how great thou art!