Always seek God’s face.
~1 Chronicles 16:11

I drove the winding road up over the hills and down to the secluded beach just north of where the locals hang out. I unlaced my shoes and walked barefoot, the soft sand giving way between my toes. “Are you here, God?” I asked over the sound of the waves crashing onto the shore. A flock of low-flying pelicans drifted silently across the horizon.

“I’m here,” God replied.

“Good. I came here to be near you,” I whispered.

“You didn’t have to drive to the beach to find me,” He answered.

“I know. But I like looking for you here,” I said.

“And I like looking for you,” God said gently. “I seek you everywhere you go.”

“Then we are looking for each other,” I answered as a waved raced up and surrounded my ankles. I laughed and stepped back farther onto the shore. I sat down where the sand was dry and looked out over the ocean. I thought how amazing it is that God who created the heavens and the earth looks for me amid His immense creation.

We sat there together for awhile—me listening to the rhythm of the waves— and God listening to all that was in my heart.

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