“My heart says this about you: “Seek his face.” Lord, I will seek your face.” Psalm 27:8 CSB
Is there anything better than a day at the beach? The sound of the waves crashing against the shore is a hypnotic sound that just calls for relaxation. The breeze coming off the water has a slight chill which cools the skin as it rolls over it, counteracting the heat of the sun on your skin. It lulls you into a false sense of security as your skin starts to take on a tinge of red. The muffled conversation of the people around you add an element of security that you aren’t alone. It truly is a medication for the soul like no other in my humble opinion. The hours fall away silently as you soak in the rays of the sunshine, the saltiness of the breeze and melody of the waves.
There’s a reason they call it soaking it all in, there isn’t a single one of your senses that isn’t used. Your eyes squint at the brightness of the sun. Your ears listen to the pounding of the waves. Your feet feel the sand beneath their toes, while the smell of the salt water invades your nostrils. You can taste it all on your lips as it combines in the air and settles upon them, slightly salty with a bit of sand.
It takes all five senses to soak in the positive energy of the beach, it’s effortless and energizing at the same time. When we learn to soak up the Son, it’s even more powerful. God uses all of our senses to interact with us. It is Him that makes the beach. All of the good feels we get from it are from Him. We’re soaking up His blessings as we dip our toes in the sand, letting the cares of the world fall away from us.
Sam Goins, pastor of James City Community Church taught me this phrase: “Keep the Son in your eyes.” It has become one of my favorite phrases in the world. I use it often with others, even more so with myself. I have to keep the Son in my eyes in order to soak up everything He has for me. It’s easy to lose sight of Him, there are plenty of distractions. But when I’m sitting in the sun at the beach, I can’t help but think of the Son. In those quiet moments, I feel His presence like at no other time. It’s easy to thank Him for the blessings of life in those moments, when I’m soaking up the Son.