Being enough

It’s been a crazy, busy summer filled with things decidedly un-summery–summer school, football and band camp, and other scheduled events which made an escape to the beach this year impossible. But I have my memories of last summer to get me through. This is one such post from last year at this time.

It’s Thursday, late afternoon. I’m walking down the beach looking for shells and watching the waves roll in. Tomorrow will be the last full day here at the beach. I’m not ready to go home. I’m never ready to go home when I’m at the beach.

It’s been a fairly lazy week. Oh, we’ve been to Waterville and The Track, eaten at The Original Oyster House and Lulu’s. I imagine we’ll go to Flora-Bama for some fried oysters and shrimp before we leave because my friend Amy Sorrells said I needed to go, and y’all know I always do as I’m told if it suits me.

But truth be told, it would be enough for me just to walk on the beach every day. To dig in the sand and wade in the water. The crab catching, castle building, dolphin and stingray sightings are like extra gifts–unexpected and much appreciated.

I’ve often wondered if living at the beach would take away its hold on me. If knowing I wouldn’t have to leave would make me less inclined to appreciate it. I’ve said before I feel closest to God where the earth meets the vastness of the ocean. Here there is so much of Him and so much less of me. And while I know this is the case wherever I am, knowing it and knowing it aren’t necessarily one and the same.

I am never enough and God is always enough.

But here at the beach, there is peace in knowing that with Him, I am more than enough.

Now, if I could just find a way to bring that knowing home with me.

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4 Responses to “Being enough”

  1. floyd August 16, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

    I’m with you on the ocean thing… The awesomeness of God shows a little clearer on the shore… The man made things from within and without get in the way until you get right to the edge… What a view… of His omnipotence.

  2. jake August 16, 2012 at 11:27 pm #

    I love all the beaches. Even some of the cold ones in Oregon, but I left my heart with the beach I spent my time at in Mexico last year. That was one of the most healing, restful times in my whole entire life. Alone in Mexico.

    I know what you’re talking about. No Mexico for me this year, which was a giant bloody tragedy.

    Maybe you could go south for Christmas?

  3. Jason August 19, 2012 at 1:16 am #

    “But here at the beach, there is peace in knowing that with Him, I am more than enough.”

    Can’t dispute that…and yet I have such a hard time believing it.

    • katdish August 20, 2012 at 10:53 am #

      Me too, Jason. Me, too.

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