Summer Days By The Sea ~ Part Two

Summer Days By The Sea

Many years ago during a very difficult season in my life, some kind friends offered their condo at the beach to my sons and me for a mini vacation. It was a generous gift that I’ve never forgotten, a few days that allowed us to forget our troubles for a time. What I thought would only be a change of scene, and a brief escape from the stress that had come our way, became so much more for me. Twice, under very different circumstances, I was reminded of the Lord’s presence, provision, and love for us.


“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

Ephesians 3: 20,21


~   Part Two

When we returned to the condo after our stroll on the boardwalk we settled in. Later, after the boys had finally quieted down for the night, I took a cup of tea and settled on the sofa and noticed a little book on the coffee table, Parables by the Sea by Pamela Reeve. It was a thin paperback book with layered pages and lovely pictures and parables of shells, tide-pools, and waves. The message in this remarkable book touched all the hurting places in my heart. Since Parables by the Seathe book belonged to my friends who owned the condo, I couldn’t remove it. But what if the book was out of print? I searched for my notebook and pen and proceeded to copy it word for word. This little treasure was like a love note from God, acknowledging my pain, while reminding me that He was in control and still had a plan for our lives. It was an assurance that He would guide us through that journey. Months later I was able to find a copy of Parables by the Sea, that I still treasure to this day.

The Lord used our friend’s generous gift of those days at the beach to bless me in ways that they, or I, could have never imagined. He knows just what we need, and often uses faithful friends to bring it to pass. Thank You, Lord.


8 Replies to “Summer Days By The Sea ~ Part Two”

  1. It’s wonderful how the Lord puts things around us to remind us that He’s there. I wonder how many of those things we miss just because we’re not looking? Thanks for the post, Janet!

    1. Oh, Tom, I have also wondered how many times I have missed, or not acknowledged, the many ways He reveals himself and meets our needs. Thanks for coming by.

    1. Thanks Cynthia. I have kept that little book in my living room within view ever since that time, so I won’t forget His love and faithfulness.

    1. Me too, Davalynn, and each day seems to be full of them. We just need the eyes of our heart to see them. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Your story brings to remembrance the times I opened the Bible and chanced upon a verse that helped me with the exact issue on my heart. It is beautiful what God will do for us when we need it.

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