Pastor Chris continues our One Word series with part 9. This weeks word is “SAND.” Sand is a noun: a loose granular substance formed from the erosion of rocks; a major component of beaches, riverbeds and deserts. Give me a beach almost any day and I am one happy camper! I actually have some from different beaches in mason jars in my office. It was something that I started a long time ago. Collecting sand and brining it home. From time to time I will go and look at the jars and be reminded of the incredible vacations that I have experienced!
From Caribbean beaches with white sand and gorgeous turquoise water, to the northern coast of California at Glass Beach or black sand beach. Or Hawaii volcanic powder sand, to long stretches of golden sand and huge deep blue waves crashing on Coronado Island in SanDiego, to Catalina Island to Flagler Beach in Florida! I heart the beach!
One of the best parts is walking bare foot in the sand. It feels so good! You know what I am talking about? Especially warm sand! Hot sand is death but warm, is incredible. There is something strangely comforting as it cushions my steps and works its way between my toes. I am reminded of the beauty of God’s creation and scripture from the book of Psalms. Specifically Psalm 139.
This Psalm is all about how God made us, knows us and thinks about us every moment. God’s throughs are unique and intricate as He creates us. Merciful when we makes mistakes and struggle. Protective and encompassing when we are in danger. Full of Grace and good for every moment in our lives. So generous and so numerous that we couldn’t possible count them.
Psalm 139:17-18 sys, “Your throughs — how rare, how beautiful! God, I’ll never comprehend them! I couldn’t even begin to count them — any more than I could count the sand of the sea.” I’ll never comprehend them! I couldn’t even being to count them! No more than I could count the sand of the sea! Incomprehensible, immeasurable, overwhelming are some of the words that come to mind.
I heard about someone who tried to count sand one time. They spilled out a quarter teaspoon of it onto a plate and began to separate the grains. They got out a magnifying glass, a bright lamp, and a toothpick then started to count. After counting to just 100 individual pieces of sand, they looked up and was they had only counted less than 1/2” square of the entire pile. It was estimated that the 1/4 of the teaspoon held approximately 10,000 grains of sand! 10,000! In just a 1/4 of a teaspoon!
I start to wonder how many teaspoons of sand there are in the world. Shoot, how many teaspoons of sand that came off of my children after that 1 day at the beach?!? If you have ever taken kids to the beach, you know! It is incomprehensible how many buckets of that stuff come off of a child who have been at the beach!
But thinking about that verse from Psalms and the majesty of God, His love, grace, hope, peace, care, protection, and blessings. God’s thoughts are incredible. We couldn’t even count them if we tried. But what’s better is we don’t have to count them. We just get to be grateful and reassured that He is always thinking about us. We are the recipients of His devoted attention, deepest consideration, and His constant care!
Picture your favorite beach in your mind. Sit with Jesus for a few minuets. Grab a handful of sand. Let it run through your fingers as you think about how much you mean to Him! He has been thinking about you since before you were even born! He is thinking about you right this very second! And He will continue to think about you every moment for the rest of your life!
Go ahead, take off your shoes and get a little sand between you toes. It will remind you (and when you find it later) that Christ loves you more than you could ever imagine! Never forget that!