The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

Opinion & Letters to the Editor

July 8, 2014

Going to the beach

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 — We went to the beach last week. We look forward to our days at the beach all year long. Once we got the luggage unloaded and settled a little bit in our room, I went out on the balcony. I sat down on the chair and took in a deep breath of the salty air. I listened as the ocean waves crashed into the shore. I watched a group of pelicans glide along the top of the sand dune. I enjoyed seeing the puffy white clouds dance across a Carolina blue sky. In the space of a few moments the daily stress of life evaporated in the peacefulness of being at the beach.

My wife and I are mainly beach walkers. We will occasionally sit on the beach if we can find a quiet spot. My wife’s favorite thing to do is to look for shells. She can literally look for hours and she will find quite a few treasures. I enjoy looking for shells but I also like to scan the water hoping to see the porpoises. I missed seeing the porpoises this year.

There are many different shore birds like pelicans and seagulls that I enjoy watching along the shore. It’s fun to watch them run in when a wave is washing back to sea and then run out as the next wave comes crashing in. Some of the birds looked pure white against that beautiful blue sky. Pelicans always amaze me as they glide along the crest of a wave with the greatest of ease.

One of the things I enjoy is allowing the water to wash up on my feet as I walk along the shore. The sound of the waves rolling in and the cool water splashing at my feet has the magical power of erasing all worry and stress. Life’s troubles seem far away and the beach allows me to reflect on life and ponder the future.

Maybe that is one of the best parts of being away at the beach. It gives you a time to think about life and to pray. I enjoy walking the beach and talking with my Father in Heaven. I can pour out my heart and allow the waves and the Spirit of the Lord to wash over me and take the burdens away.

I know I am not alone when I say that the beach is one of those places where I can draw close to God. It seems that all the distractions are gone and the presence of the Lord is strong. I now realize that He wants to spend time with me just as much or maybe more than I want to spend time with Him. He wants to talk with me in a time and place where I am not distracted by the daily demands of life. So maybe God looks forward to time at the beach just as much as I do.

I have gone to the beach and with the help of the Spirit of God made life-changing decisions. Usually the Spirit wants me to hear that God loves me. We all like to spend time with those we love and the conversations we share may not always be earth-shattering but it is something you cherish. It’s the same with God. The conversation you have with Him may not alter the course of your life; it might be sharing some intimate moments.

I believe that God wants to spend quality time with each one of us and not just when we are on vacation. He wants us to have those connections on a regular basis. I understand it is hard with all the distractions of daily life to find a quiet place to be alone with God. God will speak to you whenever you give Him the chance. It may be while you are exercising or driving to and from work. Maybe while you are waiting for your kids in the car or just maybe early in the morning or late at night. I’ve discovered that God will talk with me as soon as I turn my thoughts towards heaven.  I hope that you get the chance to take a vacation to your favorite spot. I want to encourage you to spend some time with God while you are on vacation. He wants to talk with you and to let you know how much He loves you. He wants to ease your burdens and heal the broken areas of your life. He cares more about your situations than you do. The God of the whole universe is waiting to spend time with you; do you have time for Him?

Doug Creamer teaches Marketing at East Davidson High School. His website is Contact him at PO Box 777, Faith, NC 28041 or email


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