A Day on the Beach With Jesus

Updated on December 31, 2018
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Poetry is one of Lori's favorite ways to share memories, to express feelings, and share what inspires her, so others might be inspired.

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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.

I couldn't help sharing the beauty of Aspen trees in the sunlight.
I couldn't help sharing the beauty of Aspen trees in the sunlight. | Source

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.

I sat on a sand dune one balmy summer day.
I sat on a sand dune one balmy summer day. | Source

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.

The roaring surf pounded rhythmically on the shore.
The roaring surf pounded rhythmically on the shore. | Source

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.

At once a tempest came like the storms of my past.
At once a tempest came like the storms of my past. | Source

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.

Stars of light shimmering, the ocean all adorned.
Stars of light shimmering, the ocean all adorned. | Source

On the beach with Jesus

that particular day,

etched in my memory

where sacred it will stay.

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    © 2018 Lori Colbo

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      • lambservant profile imageAUTHOR

        Lori Colbo 

        11 months ago from Pacific Northwest

        Thanks for your comments Missy. There is no denying God can be found in His creation.

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        Missy Smith 

        11 months ago from Florida

        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. :)

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        Lori Colbo 

        13 months ago from Pacific Northwest

        Thank you Bill for that lovely reflection. Heaven will be beyond our wildest dreams.

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        William Kovacic 

        14 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

        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.

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        Lori Colbo 

        14 months ago from Pacific Northwest

        Thank you so much Dora. Interesting how nature speaks to us so personally. God bless you.

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        Dora Weithers 

        14 months ago from The Caribbean

        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!

      • lambservant profile imageAUTHOR

        Lori Colbo 

        14 months ago from Pacific Northwest

        I couldn't agree more Bill.

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        Bill Holland 

        14 months ago from Olympia, WA

        I have one word for Nature....SPECTACULAR!

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        Lori Colbo 

        14 months ago from Pacific Northwest

        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.

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        Venkatachari M 

        14 months ago from Hyderabad, India

        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.

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        Lori Colbo 

        14 months ago from Pacific Northwest

        Pamela, I am so glad this blessed you, I have always wanted to see the redwoods. Bless you.

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        Eric Dierker 

        14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        A true pleasure to read. So easy to relate to.Thank you.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        14 months ago from Sunny Florida

        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.

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