Pastor’s Paragraph for September 13, 2020

Pastor's Paragraph for September 13, 2020

SEPTEMBER 13, 2020

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There is something about the ocean.

As kids, we would often take a family vacation to the ocean (some years instead, we went to State Parks and stayed in rustic cabins—I don’t know if I could have even handled tents). I remember staying in budget motels with little kitchenettes and pools in the front parking lot and the ocean in the back. I remember going with my aunt deep into the ocean beyond the place where the waves break and deeper than I could stand so that we could float over the waves on rafts. I remember the layers and layers and layers of sunblock that I always need to wear because my skin turns pink so easily. These trips discontinued when my brothers and I were young adults. That is, until two summers ago when my dad told me that he wanted for the whole family to get a house at the beach and spend a week there together. My initial response was, “Dad, you and Mom live at the beach” (as they live in Delaware not terribly far from the ocean and very close to a beach on the bay). 

There is just something about being at the ocean. Sometimes when I visit my parents in the off-season, I appreciate making a quick trip to their nearby ocean beach to smell the sea air and touch the ocean, without the summer crowds covering every possible section of sand with their provisions and sandcastle creations. Those moments when the world around me is quiet, and the sound of the crashing waves with the seagulls’ distant calls is all I really hear are my favorite. So often in those moments, I hear the Psalmist, “Be still, and know that I am God!” (Psalm 46:10)

The waves crash, the ocean roars, and the call goes out—be still and know that God is God. The truth is, I feel like I understand that God is God. I feel like I have a deep and continually growing relationship with God. Sometimes that is a great relationship, and sometimes I struggle to be faithful, but I do not waiver on who God is. So, as the Psalmist wrote, “Be still, and know that I am God!” And I affirm. God is God. I know that God is God. And, the Psalmist continues, “Be still, and know that I am God!” And I continue, yes, God is God! 

Sometimes it takes me awhile to really hear how God is speaking to me. The tide ebbs and flows. The mighty waters of the ocean continue to move. The Psalmist writes, “Be still, and know that I am God.” And still, I know that God is God, and all this time, God has also been saying in the midst of the very lack of stillness of the ocean, that I am to be still. The Psalmist writes, “Be still, and know that I am God!” 

I think many of us experience this. There is a challenge in being still with God. We live with constant change. We are frequently surrounded by noise. Our to-do lists are without end. And yet, God speaks and calls us to be still and rest in the reality that God is God.

Please join me in welcoming home Pastor Anna as she has experienced a season in which she has been able to live into the Psalmist’s call to be still and know that God is God.

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Rev. Dr. Kathleen Kind
Pastor