I went to the beach at 5:45 this morning for a training swim. As I got out of my Jeep I took note of the air temperature – 56 Degrees. I slipped into my wetsuit and enjoyed the stillness of everything. The sun was just beginning to wake up and make its presence known to our part of the world. Walking down to the lake I admired the glassy surface of the water.
As I walked in I was pleased to feel the warm sensation of the water on my skin as the water temperature was about 10-15 degrees warmer than the air. I got my swim cap and googles in place and pierced the stillness of the water. It took my breath away. Refreshing and cleansing I had to stand up and catch my breath. The water filled my wetsuit and warmed now I was ready to swim.
I quickly settled into a rhythm and soaked in the experience. I was between two worlds. When my face was in the water I took notice of the underwater world I was invading. Looking around me I began to notice an occasional sunfish. It was amazing to me that my presence did not bother them in the least. As I continued my swim a small school of sunfish swam with me for a time. Off in the distance I noticed a largemouth bass with hunger in his eyes and breakfast on his mind.
When I turned my head to breathe I could see the sun rising and shining its brilliant light all around me. I took note the lake shore, the trees, the sounds of nature waking up to a new day.
The sun was beautiful and the words of the prophet Hosea came to mind:
6:1 “Come, let us return to the Lord;
for he has torn us, that he may heal us;
he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.
2 After two days he will revive us;
on the third day he will raise us up,
that we may live before him.
3 Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord;
his going out is sure as the dawn;
he will come to us as the showers,
as the spring rains that water the earth.”
Just as sure as the sun rises every morning are the promises of King Jesus. My heart rejoices in this great truth and drives me to seek his face. We can trust him for all that he has promised us. He is the King of Glory and he has invited us into an amazing, life-transforming relationship with him. A simple truth that floors me when I ponder the depth of it.
As I reflect on my morning I think of the experience of the prophet Isaiah who fell on his face before the throne of the LORD and heard the angels declare that “the whole earth is full of his glory.” Also the words of John Calvin come to mind, “The world is the theater of God’s glory.” What an honor it is to be a kid of the King and to be a player in his Divine Drama as he brings his plans and purpose about in the world he created.
Who Is This: The King of Glory
Soli Deo Gloria