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.”