ARTIFACT • OCEAN
We pulled off to the side of the road four miles north of Santa Cruz. Light had just started to spread across the sky, and the wind began to kick. Changing into our wetsuits in the near dark, we heard the huge slamming sound echo through the inlet and up over the cliff. A pumping adrenaline started to build and saturate my entire being as I anticipated the session, preparing for the rush that awaited me down the narrow path. Grabbing my bright yellow nine foot six Walden, entitled Big Chiquita, I followed my partner to sea level. Paddling straight out wasn’t even an option, the waves were massive. So, we climbed the cliff wall and walked on a ledge fifty yards to where the break was peaking. Boards in hand we jumped off the cliff into the swell. It was all or nothing, there was only one way home. Paddling into a wave I was immediately consumed, surging in the belly of the swell I didn’t know which way was up. My board was ripped away, leash cut in half, and I came up grasping for air twenty yards off shore.
THIS BREAK DEMANDED MY ATTENTION.
Washed up, I sat on the beach with an overwhelming sense of respect for this uniquely special swell. It invited me into worship of my Creator God.
The heavens praise your wonders, Lord, your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones. For who in the skies above can compare with the Lord? Who is like the Lord among the heavenly beings? In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared; he is more awesome than all who surround him. Who is like you, Lord God Almighty? You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you.
Psalm 89:5-8 NIV
The sounds of Heaven reflect the worship of The True and Living God. The King of Kings dwells in a kingdom of praise, The Lord of Lords is enveloped in the affections of heaven’s holy occupants. God is wonderful, faithful, feared, awesome, and mighty. There is no one that comes close in comparison to Him. When you begin to recognize how special God is, you will in turn consider it special to be in relationship with Him. Today, God invites you to know Him. Spend some time talking to God in prayer, and reading His Word with a humble heart. There is no one like our God.