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God Around Me

God Around Me

Come and see what God has done, His awesome deeds for mankind! (Psalm 66:5)

Ali and I live in a small town on the west coast of Canada, a place blessed by rolling surf and surrounded by coastal rainforests. It was early summer, and the wind had been blowing onshore all day. But late in the evening, the winds died, and we drove south for the day’s last wave check.

Running down the beach path, we were excited by glassed-off, peeling waves and the sky turning strange hues of pink, purple and gold. We threw on our wet-suits, grabbed our boards and paddled into the surf.

We slid in and out of the small but perfect waves, enjoying the sunset. The black silhouette of the Humpback Mountains and the huge Sitka spruce trees filled the dusk sky. A pack of sea lions joined us, poking their heads up to look at us. They body-surfed the waves with an aplomb we humans could never match.

That evening, the surf session was pure West Coast goodness, and during it, I reflected on God’s request, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). I sat on my board, feeling the swell that had come from thousands of miles away, and thought, “This is how God moves around me.”

These are the best times with God. Times when you can be still, slow down and allow yourself to simply be.

Times when you can rediscover your place in God and in the world, enjoying creation singing his praise. And, like the sea lions body-surfing the waves, times when you can enter into the flow and take simple joy in the graces that roll in, waves from the great ocean that is our deep and fathomless God.

Our God is pervasive, powerful and unrestrained in His blessings. There is no end to where you can see him if you open your eyes and your heart, if you surrender and are receptive.

Dig Deeper:

Psalm 46

Psalm 66


Our Father, You are here. Your presence moves around me, Your beauty surrounds me. Let me find You where I seek You; let me see You in places I never have before. Let me lose myself in You.

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