Memories from the Beach... Crystal Beach 1987

 
Sandcastles © Laurie Pace 2007

Sandcastles © Laurie Pace 2007

 

“History is a child building a sandcastle by the sea, and that child is the whole majesty of man's power in the world.” Heraclitus . ( This is an older painting and was a small one… happy to find it for this message.)

Children at the beach, memories of sandcastles, roasted hot dogs, mosquitoes, sun screen and lots of sand. Have you ever watched children in the sand?

You sit watching as they joyfully build their castles, while hearing their giggling and chatter. The competition was on to build the biggest and the best… all while eyeing the incoming tide. We all started to watch as the water edged closer to the castles. The waves soon took over the castles washing them out to the sea. The children were cheering and laughing as it all happened. They were not sad or crying, but really excited because it was part of the entire experience.

Are we building sandcastles in our own lives? Are we accumulating worldly treasures that hold no meaning for eternity? These things are all temporary and of this world, not of the next.

  • Are you focused on ‘things’ and not on life?

  • Has your youth washed away, along with your twenties or thirties?

  • Have you begun to collect social security but are still buying extra things?

  • Are all your purchases really bringing you happiness?

Our lives are filled with nothing more than sandcastles. We spend our time and focus on accumulating things, and building things we cannot take with us. Our world is not an everlasting place. It is a continual changing stage where things are easily washed away from our lives. Our childhood, our youth, our college years, and our adult years full of strife, worry, and trying to attain and gather stuff… stuff we one day donate or give away. The waves are washing it away. Time is washing it away.

If a storm blew through with a tornado, or lightning started a fire and your home burned down how would you feel? What if your company closed down and you had no job and you lost your pension? What if you went for a routine physical and the doctor found stage four cancer?

You and I should be so wise. The stuff of this world is about as permanent as those sandcastles on a beach. Yet we get so caught up in it, buying it, getting defensive over why you bought it, and eventually depressed over the loss of it. But God didn’t create you for this world. Your destiny is not bound up in physical belongings. So living to be a hundred years old is far less important than living well – even if for a relatively short time. The children knew what to expect, the water would wash away the sand castles. It is no different that death will wipe out all your physical world as you know it now.

The tide comes in.

Find the true joy in living and that will come with you to eternity.

Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”