He’s big—I’m small

I had the wonderful blessing of spending a couple of days with a dear friend and her daughter in Monterey last weekend. Having grown up in Southern California, I have always loved the beach. It is a special place of peace for me. Now that I live a couple of hours from the coast, I don’t get as many opportunities to dig my toes in the sand, but when I do they are always glorious.

The ocean reminds me of just how big our God is and just how small I am in comparison. The strength of my problems pale in light of the power and might of the waves. The thing that always gets me is the God of the universe, the creator of the seas, with all His glory and majesty, loves me!

“You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.” Nehemiah 9:6

“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters.” Psalm 24:1-2

“You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds, God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas, who formed the mountains by your power, having armed yourself with strength, who stilled the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the turmoil of the nations. The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy.” Psalm 65:5-8

I will remember the morning mist and the cool salt air, the laughter of good friends, and meditate on these verses today as I sit once again today in the chemo chair—and the God who created the oceans will bring me comfort.

“A friend loves at all times,
    and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” Proverbs 17:17

“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:32


16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ralph
    Aug 22, 2012 @ 22:35:36

    It’s lovely to see you having a good time Erin. Take care. Ralph


  2. Wayne Augden
    Aug 22, 2012 @ 23:44:31

    I’m glad you had a time of refreshing, Erin. God Bless you and yours, Erin.


  3. MarshaPhilips Roark
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 03:48:07

    So sweet! Amanda was thrilled to see this! It would be nice if you could get to the ocean one weekend a month.



  4. K-czuk
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 04:30:17

    The Word of God is the foundation of our peace and rest.-A.W. Tozer

    I read this quote, Erin, and thought of you.


    • erinambrose
      Aug 30, 2012 @ 14:32:51

      Thank you for the lovely quote. It is so true for me. I just don’t know where I would be without God’s Word. I am so very thankful for His word, His promises, and the strength He gives me everyday. Blessings to you!


  5. lifeofministermom
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 06:21:12

    Erin, you have a beautiful smile!! Continue letting the light of God shine through you!!
    God bless!



  6. Kim Fredrickson
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 07:18:38

    Erin…I am always so blessed by your God-centered perspective. I am praying for you during this chemo treatment. The Lord’s light, peace, and hope shine through you!


  7. a_seed
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 16:24:54

    a much better channel eh?:)


  8. Jenayu
    Aug 24, 2012 @ 02:32:43

    Such beautiful pictures!! It’s funny..I was born and raised in Sacramento, and have never been a huge fan of the beach because I burn so easily in the sun. But whenever I go I am reminded yet again how great and awesome God really is. As much as I’m not a fan of the sunshine, I enjoy the smell of the salty air and hearing the waves crashing and seeing the birds flying in the air or floating in the water. It reminds me of this verse:
    “Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds!” (Luke 12:24 NLT)
    God feeds BIRDS. And He loves us so much more?!! It’s a beautiful thing to have that reassurance, I must say. I’m so glad you were able to have a wonderful day at the beach! I have no doubs that God has many more blessing He is just waiting to shower you with! Hoping you are well and praying for continued healing!!

    In His name,


    • erinambrose
      Aug 30, 2012 @ 14:24:38

      Thank you for your lovely comment. I agree with you; it is amazing when we look at God’s care and concern for the birds and then remember just how much He loves us. How could we ever doubt? Thank you so much for your prayers. God is faithful and I am feeling good 🙂
      Blessings, Erin
      p.s. It was great to see you yesterday!! I am glad you are in my class again!!


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