“Mom, where are the waves?”

This was the question my son asked me when we arrived at the beach yesterday. The ocean was remarkably calm. I don’t think I’d ever seen it that waveless before.

The main reason for our beach excursion was to catch some waves on the boogie board. An ocean without waves would make our mission somewhat more challenging.

We stepped out into the calm sea. My son clutched his board and waited.

“Mom, where are the waves?”

“I guess we need to give it time, Honey. The waves will show up. Waves always show up. How ’bout we dig in the sand for awhile instead.”

We journeyed back to shore, sat under our umbrella and played with the warm sand, a brief distraction from the uncooperative water stretched out in front of us.

Lord, bring some waves.

As this silent request left my heart, I smiled. Never in my life have I prayed for waves. I like calm. Waves are unpredictable. They tend to show up unexpectedly and catch us off-guard.

But, here I was, relaxing on the shore, toes buried in the sand and my one request was to be tossed around by some waves.

So we waited.

Because sooner or later, waves show up.

* * *

Afternote: Woke up with the words to this song on my heart. Guess that’s what happens when you write about waves before going to bed. 🙂

“It’s time for healing time to move on
It’s time to fix what’s been broken too long
Time to make right what has been wrong
It’s time to find my way to where I belong
There’s a wave that’s crashing over me
All I can do is surrender”
~ “Whatever You’re Doing” Sanctus Real

8 thoughts on “Waves

  1. Kandi


    First of all can I say how totally jealous I am that you can just go to the beach, I live in Wisconsin, we have Lake Michigan, no oceans, I am seriously moving.

    We know as followers of Christ the storms will come, the waves will come, we will not always be sailing through smooth waters, yet, I don't know about anyone else, but for me when the waves roll into my life I can't be fully at peace, I know He is control and He has it all figured out yet I still worry, the what if's take control. Lovely words today, I need to learn to relax and let God steer my ship, deep sigh, hopefully I will get there someday, when I can just roll over the waves.

    Blessings to you Eileen.

  2. Lisa

    Eileen, this post make me think of a song too – Bring the Rain, by MercyMe. If that's what it takes to praise you, Jesus bring the rain. Peaceful waters sometimes bring seasons of complacency. I would rather ride the waves with Jesus then sit on the shore and do nothing. Great post!
    PS – Glad Sean found some waves. 😉

  3. Eileen

    Kandi, come visit me! We'll spend an afternoon in the waves 🙂

    Lisa, I had that same song running through my mind last night as I was typing this post! I agree…riding the waves w/Jesus is exciting!

  4. Jenifer

    Love that song by Sanctus Real!

    We are heading to the beach in four weeks and I can not begin to tell you how excited I am!!!! Your pictures made me even more hungry for it! 🙂

  5. My daily walk in His grace!

    Hi Eileen. Great post. Its mid winter for us so not really keen on the beach right now. Although, when its tossing and turning its also awesome to watch. Wonder what song I'll wake up to tomorrow morning?
    God bless

  6. Phather Phil Malmstrom

    What a lovely, heartfelt picture this was Eileen. I can almost picture the smile on God's face hearing your prayer for waves… 🙂

    Have a Blessed Day!

  7. Beck Gambill

    Oooh, great parallels! Food for thought. I need to remember this the next time life is smooth, sometimes waves are necessary and exciting!


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