At the beach, the sand clings, the sun burns, and jellyfish sting.
Not to mention dangers of sharks, stingrays, and riptides.
Why, then, do people flock to the beach? Is the view of the ocean or the sound of waves crashing on the shore that alluring? Or is it because people realize they stand beside an immense power, and it gives them a small inkling of the power of God? Perhaps those reasons and something more.
My family vacationed at a beach recently. My husband and I had the grandkids and were the first to arrive. After the long car ride, the two oldest (seven and five) were cranky. As we walked to the beach, calmness descended.
Why is the sight of the ocean such a mood changer? Some people believe it’s more than the sights and sounds. As the waves crash upon the shore, negative ions are released. Negative ions also increase high in the mountains and after a rain.
Many believe negative ions impact both our physical and mental well being.
Many of us today wrap our homes tightly around us, seldom venturing into the cold of winter or the heat of summer. We stay inside where electronic equipment gives off positive ions. Positive ions zap our physical and mental strength. Negative ions neutralize this effect.
Growing up, I watched The Jetsons and laughed at the idea of tiring from pushing a button all day as George Jetson did. Yet today I tire from doing basically the same thing George did. Could it be all those positive ions emanating from my computer?
Is it coincidental that powerful forces–the ocean, a storm, the mountain–produce negative ions? Perhaps we need to spend more time in the natural world God created, soaking up the negative ions and realizing his power.
We once had a speaker at our church who said to live our lives in such a way that we will grow into sweet old men and ladies. I was young at the time and didn’t realize the challenges that I would face, challenges that have threatened to leave me broken, depressed, and embittered.
Challenges we all face. Friends may betray us, family members may abandon us, and health problems may plague us. We may lose material things we possess. Yet with God’s help, we can grow old with a sweet, loving spirit. Someone once asked what would we be able to accomplish if we knew, without a shadow of a doubt, that God was with us. Wouldn’t we be able to face our challenges with strength and determination?
And he is with us. And he helps us face challenges and hold onto our faith. One way he helps is by allowing us to absorb the sights, sounds, and smells of nature, to absorb the negative ions, reminding us of his power. We can do all things through him. He made us. He gave us our souls. And our souls are of the prime importance.
What if a woman valued the box her engagement ring came in more than the ring? Ridiculous? Yet some of us do the same. We value the boxes, our bodies, more than we value what’s inside, our souls.
Our earthly bodies simply house our souls. As decay sets in outwardly, inwardly we must keep our souls pure.
No matter the hardships, no matter the trials, no matter the losses we experience in our earthly bodies, we must hold onto the thing of value, the soul.
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Matthew. 10:28
Breathe in the negative ions and be refreshed!
But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
He will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-8
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