Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Sunsets, Whales, and Family

One of the most magnificent blessings of being in Hawaii is the daily wonder we see at sunset. We are living on the west coast of the Big Island and every night the waves glisten in the sunlight and the sky is full of color as the sun drops down over the ocean. 

These moments, watching the sunset, are moments of pure worship.

  As I see the sunset, I am constantly reminded of how BIG God is and how small I am.... I stand in awe of an all powerful Creator, who is beautiful, makes all things beautiful, and is the author of beauty itself.

I feel like this.  A child, so small, next to the vast ocean, facing such greatness and wonder...
Yet this God loves me, sees me his daughter, and delights to know me and be in a relationship with me. I am overwhelmed by LOVE HimselfHe is a good Father.

I love going down by the ocean to watch the sunset with Felipe and our girls.  We have done this a few times, and every time I find myself saying over and over, "Wow!  It is SO beautiful!" 
 Something else I find myself doing is searching and searching for whales... Yes, whales!   I had never seen a whale in my life until being here in Hawaii.

It is whale season here and I have seen whales now (from a distance) on several occasions, spouting water or gliding up to the water's surface.  Once, we even saw the flip of a whale's tail glimmering in the sunlight. It was amazing!  And since that first whale spotting, I have become obsessed... I am constantly whale watching now while I am down by the ocean, anticipating with excitement to see more of this majestic creature.

Just as I am eager to see the whales, I want to have this attitude in my every day walk with the Lord.    I desire to be joyfully eager and constantly searching for God in the details of my day (which at the moment consists of spending most of my time and LOTS of energy raising our two little ones).

  I want to be a determined and persistent seeker of God, expectant to discover something new, just like I am persistant to whale watch and then get super excited when I do in fact see a whale in the water.
 So this has been the prayer in my heart lately,
 "Lord, I want to search for You, like I search for the whales."

Ask and it will be given to you;
 seek and you will find;
 knock and the door will be open to you.
~ Matthew 7:7 ~

And God speaks and shows me that I do already see Him, every day, and in so many different ways. 
I see Jesus in my husband...
 In his grace-filled love, tender care, faithful friendship and servant nature.

Felipe also challenges me in my walk with the Lord, in ways that no one else does...
As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another...
~Proverbs 27:17~

I also see the Lord in our little growing family... 

As I gaze upon Jessie's sweet face as she sleeps peacefully or hear Sophia squeal with laughter, I see and experience the beauty and deep joy of Jesus. Over and over again... 
Every. Single. Day. 
Wow! What a blessing and a privilege!

 I encounter Jesus through my family, and oh how the Lord uses each one to minister deeply to my heart.   Yes, I have gotten to know many new sides of the Lord through these dear and precious gifts in my life. My cup runneth over with thankfulness.

Yet, my heart longs for more.  I am hungry... To know God more and to make Him known.  Simply put, that is what this life is all about - isn't it?.  To worship God, to know Him and then to share His goodness and love.

God reminds me once again... I need to open my eyes to see Him and open my ears to hear His voice.  He is speaking and revealing constantly...

 Yet honestly, I am often easily distracted, rushing around, with my focus in the wrong place, and too busy to stop to invite the Lord into each moment of my day.  Yet, in grace and love, God pursues me passionately through sunsets, whales, and my precious family.

My heart is humbled by such a merciful God, who longs to be in relationship and constant communion with me.  
Little me, with struggles and weaknesses and all...

And He promises in the Word,
You will seek Me and find Me when you seek for Me with all of your heart. 
~ Jeremiah 29:13~

God wants to be known, and my heart responds.  Yes, I will keep seeking and searching for Him, with all my heart.
Just like I search for the whales...

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