Posted by: janpierce | September 16, 2008

Perfection and the sea

There is always a tension between what is, and what we want there to be. I was reading Rev. 21 this morning and came across the part where the New Jerusalem is coming–a new heaven and a new earth. I read, “AND THERE IS NO LONGER ANY SEA!” No sea?  How come? I love the sea–it’s my heart, the place I long to be. As I sat on my deck in the beautiful sunshine, thinking about the things to come, it dawned on me that the pull the ocean has on my heart is always a desire for perfection. My times there are a meeting with a huge, powerful, always-there force, and that force is an image of God.                                               

I can relax at the beach. I love all the beachy things–gritty sand, booming waves, mist, clouds or sunshine, driftwood, stones, shells–all the mysterious treasures tossed up out of the water–I love it all. Being there is like meeting with a friend, a BIG friend, and I guess I’ve always known at some level that it’s a reflection of the Almighty. That works for me because I should be able to relax and feel most happy while in God’s presence. He is my friend and my most compelling relationship. I want to be with Him.

   The words of the passage go on to describe the New Jerusalem, the bride of Christ. It’s going to be beautiful, good and safe. It will be free of the trouble and sadness of our current world. And God will be there amongst us. So there is no sea, but maybe I won’t need it anymore. The longing that is so hard to put into words won’t exist anymore. I’ll BE with God and there will be perfection that now is just an elusive thread, impossible to catch and hold.

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  1. Ah, but there is nothing so beautiful as an Oregonion beach!

    Interesting thought. I think we go to the beach to let the sound and repetitive waves reassure us that God is still the same. Day after day, wave after wave, He remains the same.

    I found a verse that is very special to me recently. Jeremiah 5:22 “For I have placed the sand as a boundary for the sea, an eternal decree, so it cannot cross over it. Though the waves toss, yet they cannot prevail; though they roar, yet they cannot cross over it.”

    When I get scared about things, about life, about fears that swarm around me; I remember this. God put sand as a boundary for the sea. I mean, sand doesn’t even stick one grain to another! But God said, “This far and no farther.” I like that verse.

    Interesting thought about heaven. Not needing anything more…

    but there is a river… and a tree…. that will be beautiful, too.

  2. Thank you for the beautiful, thoughtful comment. I love the Jeremiah verse too. JP


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