Fear Not in 2011

Seaglass found on the beach in San Clemente. January 1, 2011

Today is January 1, 2011 and I just got back from a wonderful walk along the beach in San Clemente with my wife and 3 of my four children. The tide was low, excellent for finding these little gems of sea glass. Worn and battered and softened by the raging California rainstorms of the past couple weeks, sea glass has always been a perfect metaphor for God’s work in my life. Even those worthless things discarded and now deemed useless are jewels in the eye of the Beholder.

Slowly, at times with glacial speed, God smooths my hard, sharp edges with the constant, steady waves of His love, grace and truth. Like Jonah dumped on the distant shores of his faithless wandering and the call of the disciples to leave their nets, hearing the voice of God on this new day of a new year is another reminder to walk in courage and confidence in the direction He is calling.

I hope you make time today to take a long walk with the Savior.

A beach. A shore. A park. City streets or a neighborhood.

You never know what you’ll find.

You might even hear the words, “Fear not.”

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  • David Zailer

    Thanks Joey. I love the elegant way you use the simplicity of daily observations to remind me of God’s purpose of love in personal existence.

    David Zailer
    Operation Integrity

    • Joey O’Connor

      Thanks Dave! We have many good thing to look forward to in 2011!
      Blessings my friend!

  • http://rkweblog.com Rich Kirkpatrick

    Joey, thanks for reminding me that the “sanding” in my life actually has purpose. 🙂

    • http://www.joeyo.org Joey O’Connor

      Ooh, sanding! That’s good Rich. May I borrow it for future use? Thanks for touching base. Hope to see you soon!

  • http://www.mirandairvin.com Miranda

    Hello!
    This post was simple yet hit home, I really enjoyed it. I love when there’s something like the broken glass in the sea to show us our lives–so often He does what we never think we can, or smooths over something we have been fighting all our lives to overcome. Great, uplifting writing!

    • http://www.joeyo.org Joey O’Connor

      Thanks Miranda! Searching for sea glass is almost like prayer…a quiet intentional searching for new discoveries. We have whole little jars of glass scattered throughout our house. Our gracious God does far more than we can ever ask or imagine in so many ways!

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