Friday, November 12, 2010

The Elements At Work

I admit it…it is getting harder and harder to find something to photograph and blog about for the 30 days of Gratitude. Not that I am not thankful for everything in my life and I have been truly blessed beyond measure... it’s just hard to think of something new without repetition, and having a photo that somewhat expresses my point. I’ve scanned though my archives of photos…in hopes that something will spring forth and spur a thought of gratitude.
I came across this photo from a visit to the beach back in the spring. Its beauty is awe inspiring and the peacefulness that you find there is unexplainable. Tranquil splendor. I was drawn to the sand drifts that are piled up against the fence. The results of the elements at work…the winds, the surf, the tides, the rains, and the storms...An illustration of our lives and how the elemental trials of life affect us. Sometimes we are carried by the winds, tossed about, straggled, and left dazed. The tides pull us in and out, forcing us under, taking our air…one direction then another, leaving us spinning around wandering which way it is back to the harbor. Then all of a sudden the gentle surf floats us to the surface allowing us to breathe again and the rains wash over us, cleansing us, washing away all the gunk. As the warm sun dries our soul we begin to see the beauty again…we are able to think, to cope, to go on. There is a balance, natures balance and God’s way of balancing. He balances our lives through His blessings, giving to us unselfishly, asking nothing in return except that we love Him. Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. ~ James 1:12. We should rejoice during our trials… not because of the trials themselves, but because of the end result of the trials.

12/30 Today I am grateful for the end result.


My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

lovely photograph...and lovely words to go with it...

have a wonderful weekend, my friend

sending love.

Cindy said...

Knowing God's end what keeps me going..what keeps my eyes on Him..the Creator..the Finisher..the WINNER. I do love His earthly creations..and the beach is so ever changing..I love it! Thanks for sharing.

Hugs Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

curious girl (lisa) said...

oh yeah, i totally get gets more challenging (especially the photos) as the month goes on. i totally feel free to pull from archives to express my daily gratitude.

Char said...

in remembrance we are grateful to see where we have come.

gorgeous shot