The Atlantic Ocean is immense in its beauty and unfathomable in its power. Even those who know it well, from years of living near or on it, can not know it all. It can not be contained in any of the ways that humans contemplate.
Yet there are those who attempt to keep it to themselves, as though, by refusing to share its beauty and its power, they gain more importance and more power for themselves.
We drove the coastal road for many miles, just hoping for glimpses of the ocean, and we found a few. But there are miles in the residential areas that are blocked by hedges and trees, presumably to reduce erosion, and to insure privacy for the residents. The ocean becomes their private playground, not available to the common folk.
Gated entries add to the reminder that strangers are not welcomed here.
But, every now and then, a public beach invites all, and reminds us that something so vast and wonderful cannot be owned, isolated, or contained.
I wonder what would happen if our hearts, and our churches, and our lives would throw open the gates, tear down the hedges, and welcome ALL into God’s wonderful ocean of love. How many lonely, lost, forsaken people might enter a safari into grace and peace.