By: Tim Sader
The seas have lifted up, Lord, the seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves. (Psalm 93:3)
Sammy and I enjoyed four days together in April on her and her twins birthday so I could celebrate them with their family. I was happy to be there on the date she was born when she first had to learn and rely on the Lord. Everytime I got to hang out with Sammy we grew closer as a couple so everytime we were apart we searched for opportunity to see eachother. Early in May Sammy found out her sister and Alicia were going away for a week. Since their house was empty and they needed someone to watch their pets we saw opportunity to get six days together. I’m not sure how comfortable they were with the idea since they hardly knew mom and me but Sammy talked them into it. This was exciting for us because we might not have seen eachother that month without this opportunity. In all the anticipation for a whole week together I was dreaming of Sammy and our upcoming stay. When mom and I got to her sister’s house I thought I had to get Tuesdays Torch written. Sammy kept asking why I had to finish it right away; I didn’t realize it was only Monday so I had plenty of time. That night we ate Pizza Hut and watched a movie before she had to go home and sleep. The next day I finished the Torch and sent it out then we watched movies until dinner time. We went and met Sammy’s friend Kim at The Icehouse that evening for another magical meal at our favorite place. The next day mom and I were excited about meeting Sammy and her aide at Perkins. We hadn’t been to one for twenty years and when I was a kid we went there all the time. Sammy and I liked the show Dawsons Creek so we took a trip down memory lane and started watching the series together. The next day when Sammy got there our outfits complemented one another both with bright striped shirts and khaki pants. It was a big day because we went to Isle of Palms and met mom’s friend Trudy at Coconut Joes. It was a cool place, we ate outside on the second floor deck that looked out over the beach. We finished our little trip with hand scooped ice cream cones from a sidewalk shop.
Starting Friday we decided to enjoy the weekend at the house with our Dawsons Creek marathon. Mom cooked us a few meals that were pretty good, we ate some snacks and to go food for breakfast from Perkins again. Since her regular aide didn’t work for her on the weekend Sammy was able to spend the night Friday and Saturday with help from another aide she had on call. One night mom had to help both of us get into bed; it was the first time we got to lay together. Before we fell asleep we were able to be pushed close enough for our first little kiss then I had to put my sleeping mask on for my breathing. We then said our prayers together and talked some until we drifted off to sleep. That Sunday was Mother’s Day which is hard on Sammy because she lost her mother so she avoids going out on that day. Mom and I are close just like her and her mom were so seeing that was a lot like seeing the one thing that she misses most in the world. That being said she is still a trooper and appreciates other moms but it is bittersweet. This day was the final one for that trip so it was not a great day anyway. It was Taco Bell time, pictures and see ya next time we’re in town. On the way home I thought about our trip to the beach. The Lord established the earth on the waters and founded the seas (Ps. 24:1-2). The Lord does whatever pleases him, in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all their depths (Ps. 135:6). What amazes me is that He defined the boundary of the sea and it usually stays in its place. Sometimes oceans rise both literally and figuratively; they scream at us and the waves of life pound into us. It may feel like we are drowning in our problems but God who created the oceans answers with awesome and righteous deeds. He is our hope to the ends of the earth and the farthest seas (Ps. 65:5). There is nothing to big that he can’t fix when we seek Him for help.
Lord we ask that you would help us to enjoy the simple pleasures in life. Just being with the ones we love is a great gift from you God I ask that we never take them for granted. Lord when the seas are lifted up so that the waves of life roar and pound against us help us to realize that you are our only hope. Nothing is too big for you, no river to wide or ocean to deep can keep us from your love. Lord help us to be what most pleases you and to trust that you have our best interests in mind. In Jesus name, Amen.
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