One thing I love about going to the beach, especially here on the west coast of the continent, is that the sea is always the same and yet it’s also always different. Sometimes the tide is low and peaceful; sometimes the waves are high and rolling. And sometimes the churning surf explodes against the old coral beds.
I’ve named these eruptions ‘waterworks’ because they are like fireworks, only made with water. I can watch them for an hour, enthralled by the dramatic bursts of white spray. If I have my camera, I’ll take dozens of pictures, trying to catch the biggest one. But no picture can capture the sound of the crash or the fishy smell of the water or the moistness carried in the air or the taste of salt that comes on my lips.
The other day when we went to the beach, the waterworks were the tallest I’ve seen in a dozen years –bigger than a two-story house.
It was a magnificent demonstration of power and I watched the spectacular display with awe and delight. I also felt some fear. The water was so high and strong that I wasn’t completely convinced the rock wall in front of me would hold firm. A couple of times it surged over the top, and I could understand how a giant wave could sweep a person away.
A few days later, I happened to read Psalm 93 and I was reminded that the waterworks’ tremendous force doesn’t come close to matching God’s power.
Sea storms are up, God,
Sea storms wild and roaring,
Sea storms with thunderous breakers.
Stronger than wild sea storms,
Mightier than sea-storm breakers,
Mighty God rules from High Heaven.
Psalm 93:3-4 The Message
Just think. This:
are no match for God’s power.
God is King, robed and ruling,
God is robed and surging with strength.
And yes, the world is firm, immovable,
Your throne ever firm—you’re Eternal!
Psalm 93:1 The Message
He is stronger than a tsunami, mightier than a mountain-moving earthquake.
He is powerful enough to destroy death and save lives.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.