Grounded in Faith

Wouldn’t you miss this view? The photo above was taken at sunset from Sharkey’s On the Pier, one of our favorite local restaurants in Venice, Florida. It’s a place to leave your worries behind while dining with your toes in the sand.

And speaking of sand, perhaps you’ve read or heard about the growing trend of “grounding” or “earthing”. The notion is that we have literally lost touch with the sand and soil beneath our feet, causing us to disconnect from the earth’s vital energy. Many believe that we need to re-connect with that natural energy to restore our health and well-being.

No doubt, we are a disconnected society. But will we truly fill our need to reconnect by walking barefoot through a meadow, or sleeping on the forest floor?

Like a Rock

When I was a child living beside the ocean, I would run down the huge boulders behind my house. They were like stairs to me. I knew each one from memory, scrambling from patio to the sand in a matter of seconds. Talk about grounding! It was a miracle I never broke a limb.

But I trusted in those stones. They never moved. I knew them so well that I could probably navigate my way blindfolded.

Likewise, my faith is grounded on such a Rock. I trust in the One who will never be moved or shaken.

There is a hymn, Christ the Solid Rock, that speaks of this precious faith. The first verse and chorus came to my mind today:

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly lean on Jesus’ Name

On Christ the solid Rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand

Grounding can mean different things to each of us. For me, it is a deeply spiritual place of connection with Jesus. And it is where I find safety and security as I walk through my daily life.

What Are You Waiting For?

Snow Days

If you live in a snow belt state, you probably know first-hand the unbridled joy every kid feels on a snow day. But the hours waiting for that official call always seem endless.

In our corner of Virginia, the Public Information Officer for our school district is a local celebrity. Parents and kids alike await his phone calls before every storm. His witty recordings have earned him a huge fan following, and dozens of memes have been created in his honor. Read more about him here.

Delayed Reward

When I was a kid, there were no robocalls announcing school was closed. There was no crawler on our black and white TV, and no website to visit. We turned on WBZ radio in Boston and listened while Gary LaPierre read through the list of towns with school closures. He read at the speed of a seasoned auctioneer — in alphabetical order. If you left the room, or there was static on the airwaves, you had to wait until the list began again. I felt sorry for kids in Yarmouth. That was a long wait for them!

If you grew up before there was internet, cable TV or cell phones, you get it. Waiting was a normal, everyday part of life. But today, we want everything now! We can’t stand waiting for anything.

Practicing Patience

In Romans, Paul writes,

“ . . . Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” – Romans‬ ‭8:24c-25

Personally speaking I’m not sure that “patiently” describes how I wait. But I try to be patient while I hope for what is to come.

But what does that have to do with snow days?

Ahhhh. Well, what if our personal growth is shaped by the hope we feel during all the waits in life, snow day calls included? Perhaps we grow by learning to wait for what we do not have. We gain strength by hoping for something we have not seen. If we have only heard about something, or perhaps experienced just a glimpse of it, then we anticipate how great it will be!

That is how I view eternity. Think of the best snow day ever, the best vacation, or happiest memory of your life. None of those can even begin to compare what awaits us at the end of our days on earth.

But rest assured, it will be worth every moment of the wait.