I live on the east coast and going to the beach on weekend or vacations is a way of life here. This summer, the ocean currents are strong and there are many undertoes. The temperatures here are in the 90's but the Atlantic remains to cool to comfortably to swim in. There are warnings not to swim because of the number of undertoes . There are people missing and dead in New york City because of them. As a child, swimming in the ocean we would warn of the occasional undertoe and remind ourselves and others to relax and not panic and free ourselves to continue to float on the waves.Under toes remind me of whirling cyclones waiting to suck you under and take you out to sea. Scary, panic inducing waves of fear to pull you under and never let you go.
My emotional life has been on waves of torment. Fear, anger, worry sucked the life out of me ,leaving me out to sea, adrift with panic which guanteed I'd be pulled under and lost.A small and gentle voice comes,Be Still and know I AM. He rocks me gently on waves of comfort setting me afloat in peace.
I go on this day to celebrate life. At the back screen door, I breathe in the wind and listen for the echos of horse hooves as they hit hilly ground, I smell asiatic lillies and watch as butterflies flit and float. The ocean is far away now but I only remember the gentle ebb and flow and a peaceful floating. My breathing ebbs and flows, my body relaxes, my emotions know peace. I am floating. I will be still and know that He is.