Refuge by the Sea

February 27, 2008 at 11:08 am 1 comment

AsilomarMy wife and I just came back from Asilomar Conference Center in Monterey where we spent some RR/RR (rejuvenation & refeshment over resting & reading). We thoroughly enjoyed our time walking on the boardwalk along the beach, hand-in-hand, while we talked about kids, about ministry, about life… (By the way, in case you are wondering, it’s perfectly normal for a pastor and wife to hold hands…even after 16 years of marriage!) 🙂

We marveled at the beauty of the Pacific Ocean, the fine sand that felt so good under our feet, and the awesome roar of the waves… There is a small gazebo about a mile up the coast and we sat there and talked for a good hour, and it was a very good hour. Such times of walking, talking, and being together is what’s needed in marriage and this time together was very good for us and for our soul, especially in the midst of all the busyness of work and ministry. We plan on going back there every quarter or so, to experience this kind of Sabbath where we get to stop work and say, “What God has done is good,…it is very good.”

An interesting thing happened: We went back out to the beach to see the sunset before dinner. It wasn’t anything spectacular, just a run-of-the-mill sunset, so we decided to head out to the restaurant before the sun had fully set. Then all of the sudden a stranger near us says, “It’s not over yet! We were taken aback, but yielded to her words and stayed there a few more minutes, patiently waiting until the sun had fully set beyond the horizon. Then we heard her voice again, “Now it’s done.” We were free to go!

Actually, I’m glad that we got to stay on the beach even for those few extra minutes. Nothing spectacular happened, but there’s something soothing to be still before God, watching and waiting…

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Still  |  March 1, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    Thanks for the reminder of the importance in taking time to be still before God especially in the busyness of ministry and everyday life…it’s nice to hear about these aspects of your personal life, reflections and feelings beyond the stories shared through sunday sermons


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