Sunrise Symphony

In my mind, vacation = the ocean.  I love it and I long for it.  All but two mornings I was up before the sun, anxiously awaiting its faithful and glorious appearance over the Atlantic Ocean.  I am not the only one. People everywhere walk, run, sit, stand, meditate, and pray on so many beaches as another day breaks.  As I sat and watched the sky lighten on my very first morning of vacation, I once again tried to find the source of my longing and fascination in watching the sun rise over the ocean.  And I realized that there are more reasons than I can count and that those reasons may very well run even deeper than I can realize or articulate. 

The sun has risen, faithfully and gloriously every day since the dawn of time……THAT’s an awesome thought…..

The waves have never ceased to lap, wash, crash on the shore………since the dawn of time…

No two sunrises have been exactly the same …….. since the dawn of time……

As I sat and tried to soak in what my flawed human heart & mind can barely comprehend, I watched and I imagined that each morning, since the dawn of time, all of creation has performed a symphony of worship without even realizing…. With many different parts, weaving and dancing, all unknowingly playing a part in a magnificent movement, welcoming the day.

Sunshine Came Softly by SherriConley on Etsy
Enter: the faintest light on the horizon, waves unendingly lapping. Cue: flock of gulls swooping overhead while the eastern horizon brightens, turning a brilliant crimson. Add: a gentle breeze blowing a dried clump of seaweed further down the beach.  More gulls swooping, circling, landing. Cue: a persimmon globe peering over the eastern horizon, now racing anxiously to its rightful place over the vast waves. Add: a jogger scattering the foraging waterfowl, and a couple, bound by decades of love, stopping to watch & celebrate hope in the form of a brand new day.  Can you just hear the symphony?  Eternally hopeful………

Once again I have left part of my heart at the ocean, but I know it will be there waiting whenever I am able to return.

Photo by FlashForward on Etsy
Are you at all like me? Does the ocean hold a special place in your heart that is almost beyond words? Or are you a person who’s ideal vacation could just as well be in the fabulous excitement of a city, or the rolling hills of a quaint & long forgotten village somewhere historical & beautifully obscure?  What is the other half of this equation for you? Vacation =
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  1. Well, no I can’t say that the ocean holds a special place in my heart, although I am familiar with oceans having visited some.

    Vacation to me means a lot of things. It can either be of long or short duration, a wandering afar or staying close to home. But mostly it means that my husband and I have time to spend together uninterrupted by his work. No matter where we go or how far or what we do during this time.


  2. I think being near the water casts a bit of a spell on all of us. It’s a time when we stop, shut out the rest of our lives and just reflect on it’s beauty and serenity. We moved further north last year, and now count ourselves beyond blessed to be living right on the shore of Lake Michigan. Even though I see it everyday, I’m still taken aback by the magnificence of it all.

  3. I love the ocean too, but I’m more of a sunset kinda gal. I love how you described your experience.

  4. I’ve always been a water baby, the draw is strong. I’ve been happier, but I’ve never been at greater peace than sitting or running along the ocean.

  5. Love this post. I do love the ocean, having seen it a total of 1 time in my life. Although all water does mesmerize me. Being land locked smack in the middle of the U.S. here, vacation means any time that I have to be still. That’s all I need. Quiet moments. Catching glimpses of His glory in that.
    Blessings to you today!

  6. “each morning, since the dawn of time, all of creation has performed a symphony of worship without even realizing”

    Beautifully spoken, Sara. I grew up on the coast of Georgia, practically living in the Atlantic ocean, and the ocean pulls me like the moon pulls the tides. Especially after reading this. I’m so happy for you that you got to enjoy a week of it, Sara. 🙂

  7. In the last year I live by the sea, and I realize how much I’ve missed it all my life. I’m at the beach almost every day, meditating and swimming. It balances my life.
    Beautiful post!

  8. Sara, the more I read your blog the more I feel like we’re kindred spirits! Vacation = ocean for me too. It calls me, and my night owl spirit fades away as I awaken early (like you) to enjoy dawn…and I always ring every sunset out in the sand gazing at the glorious colors dancing on the water.

    I even love going in the winter! One of my favorite trips to Destin, Florida was in November. I walked along an empty beach in the light of a full moon, the waves crashing at my ankles while 2 manta rays shadowed my path! They got so close to me, that I witnessed one gracefully flapping its wings(?) in an effort to get deeper in the water again. It was like a gift from God to walk beside such beautiful and graceful creatures. I was in awe and at such peace, and those moments of wonder live with me.

    My dream would be retiring to a cottage on the beach, a porch that wraps around the house, and painting in the ocean breeze every day as I gaze out at the ocean!


  9. I love the water. We live about 6 miles from the beach. It calms my heart and mind, I see the wonder of nature there in quiet and dangerous weather. Vacation=wonderful times anywhere.

  10. Anonymous says:

    The water for me too! Love your “cues”. You should have been a director. :O)

  11. Beautiful post Sara! Actually, I should say, another beautiful post Sara!

    I have grown up at the beach and I have to say, nothing else compares to me. It’s a part of me, if I don’t see the ocean for a few days, I miss it terribly. I truly find it breathtaking. While living on the beach is not really a vacation, you still have to do all the regular everyday stuff…I do totally take time to absorb it on the weekends when things slow down a bit…

    vacation = the sand, the water, the palm trees…

  12. Sara, I missed you so while you were away! Your posts are absolutely beautiful! You have such a glorious way with words…and the music, it’s fabulous!
    By the way, I live in the Ocean State and before that in Florida. I could not imagine being away from the water! The Big Guy & I walk down to the shore almost every evening, it’s spectacular…and the sunrise, perfection! We are all so blessed to be part of this! I’m so glad that you had a safe & relaxing vacation but I am so glad you are back! Wish we were neighbors…I, guess, we are in blogland! Peace, Beth

  13. I’m lucky. I live at the beach and I take it for granted. I’m going to walk on the beach tomorrow. Thanks for reminding me not to take it for granted.

  14. Oh yes, the ocean means romance, grace, and a symbol of God’s love, forever reaching to us as each new wave embraces the shore.

    Although I was born in the city and lived most of my life there, I love the ocean and mountains best.

    Excellent writing, Sara. Your heart is full; thanks for letting us peek inside.

  15. So elegantly put. I could almost feel that cool breeze blowing through my sandy toes. Lovely thoughts for a crazy Friday.

  16. Vacation=adventure.

    I love to discover new places, meet new people, and try new foods. Vacation is an escape from the mundane everyday routine.

    This is a beautiful post! I love moments where it is undoubtedly obvious that we, along with all of nature were created to glorify God.

  17. i live beside the ocean but it does not satisfy me. our beaches arent nice enough. when i think vacation i think of a beautiful white sandy beach with palm tress and blue ocean. thats paradise for me.

  18. You have received a “beautiful blog (and blogger) award!” A little cheesy, I know, but I couldn’t resist! Love everything you say and the way you share what’s on your heart!

  19. Ahh, swoon! I love the ocean 🙂 My dream home overlooks the pacific- hopefully one day it will be mine. Whenever I need a dose of inspiration or cheer, I drive up the hill to that house, which has a small park on the same street where you can sit and watch the sunset. It’s perfection!

  20. 100% unequivocally, positively,the BEACH for me. So why do I live smack dab in the middle of Suburbia? For now, I’ll just have to be happy with visiting “my beach” once a year! *sigh*

  21. Lovely post. Makes me excited for upcoming days at the Jersey shore. Cute new blog template 🙂

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