This blog is from a 2013 vacation. I hope it can be an encouragement to us as we look at the present stubbornness in our own hearts:
Rocks rock…pun intended. They are sturdy. They are reliable. They are wonderful for peaceful activities such as smashing things against them (I’m joking, sort of). But… It has never crossed my mind to break something against water simply because rocks, for the moment, appear to be much stronger. Water does not provide the same resistance. As I sit on the balcony of my hotel room overlooking the Pacific Ocean, I am observing this competition of durability. Water and rock in an endless clashing of the wills. Both are relentless.
The great irony in the ocean shore is that 1,000 years from now, those temporarily sturdy rocks will disappear. It turns out they are not so tough after all. What will remain is the arms of the ocean. It will forever engage and test the durability of the shore. The ocean is the most destructive force on the earth. It is patient. It is gentle. It is all-consuming. It is everlasting. How deceptively powerful it is!
This is a picture of God’s love. The stone of sin that is our hearts is no match for the ocean of God’s love. Don’t be discouraged by your heart’s resistance. Even the rocks appear to withstand the strength of the crashing waves for a moment. Over time, the continued beating of God’s love against your heart will crush it. God’s love will kill your pride and your lusts. Don’t run from the waves, run to them. They are your saving grace. Look out across the ocean, into its infinite span, and realize that your sin must withstand that much love and mercy. It doesn’t stand a chance, so dive in.
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.
Jonathan Edwards on God as an Ocean:
“God is the highest good of the reasonable creature. The enjoyment of him is our proper; and is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Better than fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or the company of any, or all earthly friends. These are but shadows; but the enjoyment of God is the substance. These are but scattered beams; but God is the sun. These are but streams; but God is the fountain. These are but drops, but God is the ocean.”
Matt Papa’s Song The Ocean inspired by Edwards: