The sky was dark and the alarm clock taunted my sleeping body. It was just after 5am and we were on vacation. The thought was fairly understandable: Why on earth did I set that alarm?
Oh yes, I remember.
I scrambled to my feet and announced that it was time for everyone to jump in the car. All 4 children were startled but quickly full of excitement. We piled in the car and drove the 1 mile to the beach.
The morning was a little chilly for Florida, but it didn’t seem to bother anyone. We made ourselves a spot on the beach under a blanket and cuddled close. At first we sat for what seemed liked hours just talking and praying and remembering all the wonderful things that God had given us on this special trip.
And then it finally happened. A tiny speck of light appeared out of the vast darkness and the squeals could not be contained. “There it is! The sun is coming up!” We watched on the tips of our chairs (ok the tip of the sand) as each beam peeked into the sky.
I’ll be honest. It was probably one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. I don’t know if it was the reminder of God’s goodness or the squeezing of those excited little hands, but my heart was so full that I thought it might burst.
You see, our family worked very hard at building the unity that we needed to not just survive the storms that we were facing, but to rise victorious in the circumstances. For years we had been hanging on by a thread, or so it seemed.
But that morning on the beach, God reminded me of all His glorious works and I saw all of that and more. It didn’t come in a fancy package or an amazing activity. (In fact, that trip to the beach was completely free.)
The beauty came from a simple sacrifice of my agenda to spend time pouring into their lives.
Friend, while we walk this earth, we will face trials. Whether we have just come through the fire, stand so close to the heat that it burns, or find ourselves waiting for our next turn, we will need to build the kind of family unity that will walk us through victoriously.
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