again, we spent our annual week at the beach in Delaware.
Our son, David, left the Pittsburgh area at 8 a.m. for
a seven-hour trip. He had his wife and three children
aboard. My wife and I left the Harrisburg area at noon
for a four-hour trip. We had Rachael, one of our granddaughters,
aboard. We had made no arrangements to meet except at
the rental office in Bethany Beach at 4:00 p.m. We checked
our relative progress once by cell phone, and figured
we were about 100 miles apart. Yet, some time later,
twenty miles from our destination, Rachael piped up
from the back seat, "That looks like Uncle David's
van." He was two cars ahead of us. He had even
made a wrong turn and had had to double back to get
on the right road, all of which put him in the perfect
position for the two of us to meet.
are the odds? There is some divine law of attraction
which operates in cases like this, and I think it is
an insult to God to write it off as mere coincidence
when he goes to so much trouble to arrange it! Don't
you wonder what other aspects of our lives those divine
laws control, without our being aware of it?
sat for hours that week in a chair at the water's edge
watching Rachael "boogie-board" in the surf.
David and I both tried to give her pointers about how
to catch the wave just right so that it would give her
a ride all the way to the beach. Watching her and the
rest of the kids, I realized that there were three possible
positions they could take relative to the waves.
first was missing it altogether. Some of the surfers
were too far out, and the wave hadn't even formed where
they were standing. For them, the wave might as well
not have existed.
second group saw the wave coming but misjudged it. They
were not forward enough to catch the front of the wave,
so it merely lifted them off their feet for a moment
and broke After it had passed them. But they never got
last group understood that you had to be in front of
the wave. You couldn't wait until the wave crested to
catch it. You had to anticipate it and get ahead of
the crest so that it would push you to shore. They were
the ones who got the exciting ride, who got up laughing
and ran back into the waves for more.
is an old analogy, but it's a very clear one. Many religious
people are stuck in the backwaters where nothing much
is happening. Others see the new wave coming, but misjudge
it and miss its power. Only those who stay on the edge
of the new spiritual wave experience the excitement
and the power of the modern revelation.
you caught the wave?
John W. Sloat 2005