My Place of Happiness

Most people turn to water for a sense of calm and clarity. We spend our vacations on the beach or at the lake; get exercise and enjoyment from water sports like surfing, scuba diving, sailing, and swimming; refresh ourselves with long showers and soothing baths, and often build our lives and homes around being near the water.

Our love for water is even reflected in the attraction to the color blue. We’re naturally drawn the color blue.  Blue is overwhelming chosen as the favorite color of people around the world, and people tend to associate it with qualities like calm, openness, depth and wisdom.

Being in a mindful state — in which the brain is relaxed but focused — benefits the mind and body on a number of different levels. A growing body of research has proven that benefits associated with water produces mindfulness, including lower stress levels, relief from mild anxiety, pain and depression, improved mental clarity and focus, and better sleep quality.

The Bible and water are very much connected. Water is mentioned 722 times in the scriptures. That is less than God, Jesus, heaven or love, but many more times than faith, hope, prayer or even worship.

The first time water is mentioned in the scripture is found in Genesis 1:2

Gen 1:2 The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.

Before there was anything; light, sun or moon, earth, plants, living creatures or anything else, there was water.

Having created the earth out of water, and the sky in the midst of waters, and calling forth living creatures out of water, God continues to bathe his creation with water as a sign of His care.

The finale time water is mentioned is in Revelations 22:17

Revelations 22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life.

From the beginning of the Bible to the end water flows through the pages of scripture. It is full of passages that link water to Gods creating, blessing and saving work. This alone shows  the importance of water in our spiritual lives.

When I say, “The Beach is my Place of Happiness.”  That is me saying, “Wow, There God is!”

Have a Safe, Blessed Summer.

Lavender and Armour

 

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