“Indestructible”, was the chorus Moselle repetitively sang while we built a sand wall uphill from the crashing waves.
Arielle had a “castle” she was protecting with her body. When the waves would crash, she would lay her whole body in front of it to protect her carefully constructed “building”. She would exude her little girl smile that I love so well.
I just dug the sand with my feet and also “helped” the girls with their construction projects in the sand….screaming with them when the waves would break. It was fun and I did like Moselle’s Indestructible tune (in the beginning). I admit I started to tire of it and even wanted to tell her to change the song after she repeated herself for the umpteenth time. I refrained and listened to how many ways she could actually sing one word. I was surprised that her sister didn’t say anything so I figured if she could put up with it and not get annoyed, I certainly could. (I can just hear Moselle saying, “MOMMY!? You mean you didn’t like my song???” You know she is going to read this when she sees her name right on top. I’ll deal with it-should be a lively discussion)
It is curious to me at times how persistent and deeply in the moment kids can be and how they love us to just “come with them to play”. Once there, I never regret the moment, but getting there is often an issue with all that is happening around me and in me.
The moment in the sand made me think about how illusive the concept of something/anything being indestructible. Perhaps that is where my irritation was coming from as I watched the sand wall crumble every time the wave hit it, but on and on she sang and believed herself and had a jolly good time at it too. Meanwhile her mom was analyzing and wondering just what was indestructible in life really…..this sand wall surely wasn’t in that category!
There is but one indestructible….Only Christ, the Rock and indestructible fortress of victory. Nothing and no one can bring that down ever. There was comfort in that thought for me.
When everything around can appear to be coming undone, I have my Savior and He is there and He cares. Our friend, Randy Smith teaches the depth of that word “joy” - the resolute understanding that God knows my situation and cares. ( Note: We will be traveling with their school , The Great Commission Bible Institute to Israel in May….let us know if you are interested…make your plans early)
I have been finding myself going to that place of peace….trying to find my Lord in the midst of a lot of “stuff” that tries to destruct my peace, love, joy and my “moments”. It is a continual battle and I realize that it never ends on this side of heaven try as I might to make the perfect environment or conditions. No, life is chaotic and destructible ….plans, expectations, even the people that I love and count on. For me, there is but one hope and one Source of Stability and refuge. All else will be like that sand wall we were building….only that which we build on the Rock will remain and stand firm.
I am convinced that this is the only kind of “work” I like being involved in….the kind that will remain for eternity. God is into giving us those kinds of indestructible moments . I open up myself completely to Him in this regard. The adventure has continued to provide us with the preciousness of lives all around us. Lives that are dedicated to the same “work” of the Kingdom…. Lives that are innovative, creative and attractive because of who they are and what they bring to the table….Lives that are full of eternal success. ..God seems to continually surround us with such inspirational people and we feel blessed and appreciative for we know that these are the true indestructible lasting treasures of this world and the next. I love doing what God calls us to do…it is always so good and right and anything he does never will go away. Indestructible…..wasn’t such a bad tune after all, Moselle….it played out well in the end.
Thank you to all of you who come alongside of us to grace us with your prayers, help and support…many of you have been faithful over many years and we are continually inspired by you and through you. We know that your reward will be eternal as we have watched the Lord use what you have so generously given over these years. It has been a beautiful thing. Thank you for being a part of it all. Laura