One of the best beach vacation experiences I've had during my single years was walking on the sand very early in the morning. There was almost no one there but me. I savored the smell of air and sea water as I breathed deeply to inhale its freshness. The sound of the waves was so crisp and clear because everything around me was still and quiet. I remember it was my first time to enjoy the beach that way ... no hangover, no bad relationship, no smell of cigarettes on me. I felt completely free! It was one of those great moments of thanksgiving to God for saving me and giving me a brand new life.
I knew no quiet moments prior to my encounter with God. My life was so hectic, I barely had time to sit down. I guess, subconsciously, I wanted to be busy so I won't have time to think about the deeper issues I had inside of me. Rest for me was hanging out with friends partying and drinking.
So, that day on the beach was an overwhelming feeling as I embraced the beauty of being one with my Maker. He has been there all along but I was so busy to notice and feel. All of a sudden the waves had a new sound, the water looked different, and the sand on my feet felt so good. I wanted to freeze that moment and stay there forever. Yet I knew that I had to go back to the reality of life -- its hustle and bustle. But wait, who said I can't bring this moment with me? Who said I can't have this experience everyday? If God is omnipresent, then He can be with me and give me this same experience anywhere I am.
This reality of God being omnipresent and having this great experience of oneness with Him everyday brought me to a deeper level of intimacy with Him. I wanted that moment so bad that I had to intentionally create a place where I can be alone with God every single day ... a quiet moment where I can hear the same sound of the waves and feel the same feeling of the sand on my feet.
I was able to prove to myself that it is possible to have that same experience with God even in an enclosed space in my home.
There is something about waking up very early in the morning that reminds me of that unforgettable beach experience ... a quiet morning where all I hear is the ticking of the clock and everything around me is silent. It is in this quietness where I bask in the beauty of His presence and where I feel exactly that same feeling I had on the beach years ago.
There is something about early mornings when the sun rises to greet you. It feels like God Himself is coming out to say good morning to me.
There is something about these early mornings that have drawn me closer to God. These are my "God time" moments that no one can ever take away from me. Day after day I return to the same place in Him.
This is my secret. This is my secret place. This is where you can find me every single morning.
This is the place where I hear a voice inside of me saying, "Arise shine for your light has come."
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