The Ocean Drowns Out My Voice


As a mid-westerner, going to the ocean is a once every other year occasion.  So, when I’m here – it’s always inspiring.  I love to get up early and take a walk on the beach.  I love going down the water with my family.  I don’t really care for the sand all that much, but looking at it through eyes of my three year old, it’s amazing.

In some ways, I’m shocked that everyone just shows up at the beach. Hundreds of people pack their stuff in for the day, sit in a chair to play, watch and wait.  There are many draws I know – the sun, the tans, the relaxation, the worry free attitude, the water, the beauty, etc.

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But today, as I reflected, I wonder if it may be that the ocean is loud.  It covers the noise.  Unless you’re right next to someone, you can’t really hear them.  It drowns out our voices.  It drowns out our negativity.  It drowns out the self centered-ness.  It drowns out our constant-ness.  The constant talking.  The constant communication.  The constant struggles of trying to get somewhere else in life.

The ocean drowns our small voices but it lifts up the power of the Lord, the creator.  And that’s why it’s so peaceful.  We become peaceful because we are quiet and in the presence of the majesty of God.

Psalm 93

The seas have lifted up, Lord,
    the seas have lifted up their voice;
    the seas have lifted up their pounding waves.
Mightier than the thunder of the great waters,
    mightier than the breakers of the sea—
    the Lord on high is mighty.


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