I chuckled as I typed the title of this blog . . . Happy Places. If you know anything about the book of Jeremiah, you (nor I) would use the word happy for any part of Jeremiah’s writings.
But tucked away in Chapter five the author does write about my happy place.
‘Do you not fear Me?’ says the Lord.
‘Will you not tremble at My presence,
Who have placed the sand as the bound of the sea,
By a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass beyond it?
And though its waves toss to and fro,
Yet they cannot prevail;
Though they roar, yet they cannot pass over it.‘ (Jer. 5:22.)
What God is saying:
Israel was God’s nation—a people He had set apart unto Himself. But even after all He had done for them, they had turned their backs on Him and His commandments. God is telling Jeremiah in Chapter five all the things that are going to come against these stiff-necked people. But then He wants Jeremiah to write these words to them.
“ ‘Nevertheless in those days,’ says the Lord, ‘I will not make a complete end of you. And it will be when you say, ‘Why does the Lord our God do all these things to us?’ then you shall answer them, ‘Just as you have forsaken Me and served foreign gods in your land, so you shall serve aliens in a land that is not yours.’” (Jer 5:19, 20).
God is saying that He had not forgotten His people and was not going to make an end to them. And if they asked why He has allowed so much to happen to them, Jeremiah is to answer “Just as you have forsaken Me and served foreign gods in your land, so you shall serve aliens in a land that is not yours.”
Then God wanted them to be reminded of WHO He is. And this is what I’m focusing on. WHY? Not just because of my happy place that I mentioned, but because we too need to be reminded of WHO God is.
What’s our response:
Do we understand the awesomeness of God? He reminded His people and He reminds us today that He is the one who placed the sand as the boundary of the sea and the mighty ocean waves are bound and cannot pass beyond it. Even though they toss to and fro, they cannot go beyond the point in which God allows them to go.
Recently I was able to get away and take a break from caregiving and meet my college suite mates at the beach for a few days. The weather didn’t cooperate but even under cloudy skies I made my way to the beach . . . my happy place. I sat in the sand during different times of the day—afternoon, evening and dawn—to listen and watch the mighty waves. Before the sun came up the waves were calm but one afternoon before a storm moved in the waves were roaring. Either way, they were a comfort to me and after remembering this verse I mediated on God’s greatness.
And that’s what we need to take time to do—think about Who God is and how GREAT and MIGHTY He is. In light of what is happening all around us we need to fear Him, not man or viruses. We need to fear the One who controls the mighty waves of the ocean.
Where is your happy place? It may be the ocean but it may be the mountains. There again you can see God’s majesty as you gaze over the mountains and mediate about the wonder of them along with all the plants and animals that call them home. What about the lake. Ahhhh . . . another place I enjoy. There again the beauty that surrounds you was not manufactured by man, the lake itself may have been, but not the sunrises and the sunsets, or the way the storms move across the water and puts on a lightening and thunder show. The golf course you say? Once again, man may have designed the landscape you see all around you, but God created the natural material.
Enjoy them, your Heavenly Father who loves you created them
and He is delighted to see you in awe of His greatness.
We just need to remember WHO God is and how awesome and mighty He is!
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All scripture from the New King James Version (NKJV) of the Bibe.