CONCH SHELLS AND SUNSETS
by Janice M. Wilson
(from the archives – written last year)
The conch shell I found a few weeks ago with a living critter (Sotheby) reminded me something valuable about life. As I was tumbled around a lot this past year – and all of us have those times – sometimes it seems as if we are thrown around by the fish and clawed creatures, tumbled in the surf, grounded into the sand and pebbles, then washed up on shoreline to die and rot in the sun with hungry birds ready to pick and finish us off.
Then a waiting Savior picks us up, wipes us off, and with some mercy and grace sets us free from death and decay. He puts us back where we should be and doesn’t forget us.
I wandered the beach yesterday and thought about my little critter friend and how he was doing out there, if he survived and thrived. Just like Sotheby I was given a 2nd chance at a new life in humbled grace and mercy through Christ; broken on the rocks, baptized, set free from the dangers of my former sinful life I dove into without a care.
We sure do start to care when we are left to die by the world though, don’t we?! We know the feeling too well.
Give Jesus Christ that trust and belief that He can do the same for you – for this life and the after life. Repented. Forgiven, Cleaned-up, Renewed, Reconciled to God and as true Adopted sons – with peace knowing it’s forever!
Sotheby will die, and so will I, but only from this life. The tide is in now, with a strong wind creating whitecaps on the surf. I will wait till a little later and venture out for more treasures.
Something even more beautiful awaits!
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.