Thursday, July 15, 2010

Waves: The Rise and Fall

Photo taken of waves from a lookout point over Crystal Cove Bay in
Newport, California on May July10, 2010
"But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.
For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed."
James 1:6

I am fascinated with the ocean. I love to walk on the beach with bare feet. I enjoy the sound of the waves and the smell and taste of the salt in the air. There is nothing more beautiful then a sunset over the ocean. The ocean has the ability to stimulate and fill all 5 of our senses....our sight, sound, taste, touch and smell.

The one sure thing about waves is the pattern or cycle: the building up, the rise and then the ultimate break, crash and fall. The wind and current causes the water to rise near the shore until the height of the wave along with gravity causes the wave to "break" or crash. Can the wave be a metaphor for our lives?... I am sure many of us have heard about the "pride" cycle. Humility and Repentance, Righteousness and Prosperity, Pride and Wickedness, Destruction and Suffering. The wave, like countries, institutions, and people, rises in majesty only to come crashing down. Most people live as if the "waves in their life" will stay constant.. as if the rise will continue on forever... Is it possible to avoid the crash? or is this part of our learning and experiencing all things here in mortality?

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