I think one of the things that makes the ocean so beautiful is how large it is. Did you know the ocean covers 71% of the earths surface?
This summer I went swimming (~actual~) in the ocean for the first time in probably 10 years. I got pitted by the ocean twice within seconds. If you don't know what that means, basically the waves took me in their big rhythm. I wondered while my body was being forced into this rhythm in the ocean waves if I should fight it and try to escape, or if I should let it take me until it was finished. But as the waves took me, powerless me, what I truly wondered was if I would drown and never wake up.
I remember getting out of the water thinking "boy, the ocean is beautiful from afar but it sure is powerful and scary the closer you get".
This is God.
God afar is mysterious and beautiful. The closer I get to Him the more I see His power. And as the ocean, He asks me to not fight His rhythm even when it may feel like I'm losing my life. I'm in this rhythm- this scary, wonderful rhythm. I realize God is not messing around. While beautiful and loving... I cannot in this moment deny His power and authority. I cannot fight it. I have to surrender all.
God is the ocean; beautiful and big and powerful (and let's be real kinda scary). We have to get closer to Him to really understand some of those things. But unlike the ocean, He desires much more than to be only 71%. Here is to praying fervently that I give him 100% of me today and every day.