Poetry is one of Lori's favorite ways to share memories, to express feelings, and share what inspires her, so others might be inspired.
The Glory of God in Nature
Spending time in nature has a way of putting us into intimate fellowship with God. Though the earth and all that is in it has been tarnished by man, there still remains so much beauty, painted by the hand of God. I live just a few miles north of Penrose Point, a state park quietly nestled in Mayo Cove of the Puget Sound. It hosts a variety of trails available for hiking. One such trail is skirted by magnificent, tall cedar and fir trees. When I walk it I feel so small and God's majesty overwhelms me. Every inch of the park is breathtaking.
I love the serenity of a deep blue lake surrounded by woods. It is cool under a shady tree while I watch small ripples on the water's surface. And when it's smooth as glass the silence is profound.
I find the mountains exhilarating with its invigorating fresh cold air. The sun shining through the gold translucent leaves of a mountain Aspen has rendered me speechless. The first time I saw such a spectacle a sense of awe fell over me. I thought at that moment that I'd never seen anything so rapturous.
And then there's the ocean. I grew up mostly in southern California and in my teens, I and my friends went to Huntington Beach throughout the summer. We sunbathed, body surfed and ate greasy nachos and cheese, and burritos from the snack shack. And confession time - we enjoyed the view of the cute lifeguards. I never found this beach particularly beautiful due to the crowds who left the remains of their picnics in the sand because the trash cans were always spilling over. There was an uncleanness about the sand when I compare it to the beaches here in western Washington. But the ocean itself was beautiful, and one can never tire of the sound of waves crashing and the gush of white water surging the shoreline. There are some beautiful beaches in southern California, but the farther north you go up the coastline the more splendid the beaches.
The ocean beaches along the Oregon, Washington coast possess a raw splendor. The skies are moody and ever-changing. Nothing is more stunning to me as when a dark brooding storm front moves in. The chilling wind whips up, the waves roar with fury, the sea is tumultuous but no less gorgeous than when it is blue in the sun. To watch a vigorous rain out the window of a beachside condo is somehow comforting. Storms sometimes move through quickly; no more than a transient squall. Other times it lasts hours or even days. In all it's vagaries, I find it unmatched from the beaches I grew up around, and I have the knowledge of God's power and inexplicable presence. Below is a poem about this communion with God on a day at the beach.
A Day on the Beach With Jesus
I sat on a sand dune
one balmy summer day.
Wiggling toes in the sand,
I set my heart to pray
The breeze rippled through my hair
Soft as a gentle breath.
Clouds danced in the sunlight
And I felt so very blessed.
The gulls soared overhead
Keening above the beach,
While I sat with my King
And listened to Him teach.
The roaring surf pounded
Rhythmically on the shore.
Lyrics of the Spirit,
Songs of joy galore.
At once a tempest came
Like the storms of my past;
When my faith had failed me
And I’d trembled all aghast.
Thunder bellowed threatening,
Lightning bolted with rage.
I took hold of His hand,
His power same, age to age.
Touching Him that moment,
His faithfulness I knew.
And I saw His glory,
At His word, the storm withdrew.
With renewed trust, I smiled,
Calm weather now restored.
Stars of light shimmering,
The ocean all adorned.
On the beach with Jesus
that particular day,
etched in my memory
where sacred it will stay.
© 2018 Lori Colbo
Lori Colbo (author) from United States on November 15, 2018:
Thanks for your comments Missy. There is no denying God can be found in His creation.
Missy Smith from Florida on November 15, 2018:
Very Beautiful, Lori. These types of gorgeous places are where everyone who needs to connect with God can find him. Beauty and wonder of landscapes and nature have always been my church. :)
Lori Colbo (author) from United States on September 16, 2018:
Thank you Bill for that lovely reflection. Heaven will be beyond our wildest dreams.
William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on August 26, 2018:
Beautiful, Lori, from the introduction to the poetry to the pictures. I've often thought if this sin-tainted world is so beautiful, how absolutely breathtaking Heaven must be. Thanks for sharing this lovely piece with us.
Lori Colbo (author) from United States on August 24, 2018:
Thank you so much Dora. Interesting how nature speaks to us so personally. God bless you.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on August 24, 2018:
I like the phrase "profoundly peaceful" in your introduction. You demonstrated it very well in your poem. Your comparison of raging surfs to personal storms is very effective. Great inspiration!
Lori Colbo (author) from United States on August 23, 2018:
I couldn't agree more Bill.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 23, 2018:
I have one word for Nature....SPECTACULAR!
Lori Colbo (author) from United States on August 22, 2018:
Venkatachari, I'm glad you enjoyed the poem. I love your "It used to be a thrilling experience as the sand seemed to glide back and forth beneath your feet along with those waves." I always thrilled at such moments.
Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on August 22, 2018:
A nice glorification and tribute to God's natural gifts bestowed upon us. The fourth stanza mentions the waves in a beautiful and ecstatic manner.
I used to enjoy those wonderful sea waves during my childhood standing in the waters. It used to be a thrilling experience as the sand seemed to glide back and forth beneath your feet along with those waves.
Lori Colbo (author) from United States on August 22, 2018:
Pamela, I am so glad this blessed you, I have always wanted to see the redwoods. Bless you.
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 22, 2018:
A true pleasure to read. So easy to relate to.Thank you.
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 22, 2018:
I absolutely loved your poem. What a beautiful tribute to my faith in God. I also appreciate nature. I have enjoyed Huntington Beach, and now I live near the Atlantic ocean. I also love the mountains. I have traveled to most states in the US, and nature is so unique everywhere. I was particularly touched when walking through the redwood forest, and I felt like God was by my side.
Thank you for such an enjoyable article.