Last week, we had the privilege of visiting DOVE church planters in Tanga, Tanzania. It was great to pray at specific sites and encourage Mark and Rachel in their work. We were encouraged by what the Lord is doing and by seeing the impact DOVE has in Tanzania!
As part of the prayer walks and prophetic action, we traveled to a hotel inside Saandani Game Reserve, the only wildlife sanctuary in East Africa that has an ocean beachfront. What an amazing place!
- We waded in the very tippity-tip of the ocean—a vast and immense world of its own, the power and glory of which I cannot even begin to comprehend.
- We walked barefoot in the sand—tiny particles, barely visible to the human eye if left alone as one grain, yet gathered in an embodiment of splendor and unity.
- We surveyed the beach—there the ocean and sand meet. Gentle waves massage the sandy shore.
I saw God in the waters of the sea. He IS, obviously, infinitely greater than the Indian Ocean, yet to my limited mind, that ocean represents infinity and omnipotence. I saw humanity in the sand. As descendants of Abraham, we are “sand on the seashore” in God’s created world.
This immense, unfathomable power approaches us in all tenderness. God comes to meet us right where we ‘sit,’ in our frailty and weakness. The water shapes, or could wash away, those grains of sand at will. Yet the powerful waves keep coming back – keep reaching out – keep making contact – keep bringing life – keep interacting with what would otherwise be dry and barren.
The resulting beauty awes and inspires. God, how you love us!