Sculpting the Shoreline

Waves crash relentlessly against the beaten shoreline, sculpted by the eternal sea. The character of the enduring water’s edge is ever changing and chiseled anew every six to eighteen seconds with the tides.  The sea never sleeps or slumbers, and its creative forces always powerfully moving across the earth.  Everywhere the ocean restructures, shifts, changes, and rearranges the contours of the shore.  The water’s impact can be ruthless and unforgiving at times—wave—after battering wave—after battering wave.

A cleansing exchange occurs during each thrusting tidal sweep across the slivers of shoreline.  The high tide inundates and washes over the sometimes filthy shore, sweeping its sanitizing effects into outlets within its reach.  The in-coming tide removes coastline debris and replaces the clutter with sand, rocks, driftwood, or other debris.  An unceasing, never-ending displacement carried to the depths of a churning ocean in formidable currents.

Although occasions as a beachcomber have been minimal in my life, there were special moments with the sea.  Moments when I knew there was Someone greater than me.  Particularly, the 2008 photography sand dune trek along Sandbridge Beach in northern Virginia.  My hiking buddy and I enthusiastically explored the inlets and coves, on the hunt for washed up sea treasures.  Our sandy discovery ramblings drew us to our knees or on our bellies for sand in the bottle and rusty old cans photographs.  The secluded setting behind the huge sand cliffs provided two hours of privacy for the sun-drenched treasure seekers.  The continual roar of the breakers and smell of the ocean carried on the sea breeze only a short distance away.  Our rendezvous with sand and the sea’s possessions is a wonderful treasure hunt experience buried deep within my memory.

Phillip Keller (1920-1997) is one of my favorite authors.  In fact, I collect his books.   Sea Edge (1985) has been an invaluable resource for this blog post.  A man who yearned to know God deeply in his soul, Keller is the author of 66 books and devotionals.

Quotes from Sea Edge, High Tide, Chapter Three:

The beach does not cover itself.  It is covered by the sea.
The shore does not change itself.  It is shaped by the tides.
The sea edge does not diminish its own size.  The ocean does this as it sweeps in upon it.”
“The alterations and rearrangement of the coast are the eternal work of the eternal tides.  At high tide the surging ocean asserts itself with awesome power upon the open shore.  Likewise in my life, the impact of God’s pervasive Spirit, if allowed to do so, can move in majestic might upon my soul and spirit and body.”

One may be shrouded with morning sea mist while walking along the shoreline, but surely there is an overwhelming sense of God’s presence and Someone greater than you or me—everywhere.   Just like the tide’s cleansing ability to wash away the sea edge debris, so too is Christ’s purifying power to carry away the filth in my life.  A re-shaping of both and an eternal unfolding of love—a reassurance of His presence.

Images from the 2008 discovery beach excursion:

Thanks for crawling around in the sand with me.  More seascape photographs can be seen at  under This N’ That.


About corinthrose

Born again Christian, helpmate of 42 years, domestic engineer of two children, GRANDmother of six darlings, professional volunteer, fanatic photographer, and a wanna be writer. Occasionally, infatuated with family history, flower photography, and traveling with my hiking buddy.
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4 Responses to Sculpting the Shoreline

  1. Great post! Love the description of the sea and beach. The way you write makes me want to walk the beach again.

  2. Love the Keller quote. Great post (and this is Chris…) 🙂

  3. Nancy says:

    With all the activities here focused on Homestead Days I took time on Mon to enjoy your blog once again.
    We are headed to the beach near Myrtle Beach for a family reunion in Aug. I will be cleansing myself and looking for my own treasures in the sand.

  4. Sarah says:

    My name is Sarah and I’m with Dwellable. I was looking for blog posts about Virginia Beach to share on our site and I came across your post…If you’re open to it, drop me a line at Sarah(at)dwellable(dot)com.
    Hope to hear from you 🙂

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