This Far and No More

E0F275B8-BEE5-47A2-95DC-170C2F7E23CEMyrtle Beach is my husband’s all-time favorite destination. While I could go on a road trip adventure to a different National Park or wilderness area every single month, he could be happy just going back to Myrtle Beach time after time after time. Thankfully, he cheerfully tolerates my adventure planning, and I happen to enjoy Myrtle Beach, too.

One of our favorite things to do is go for long walks down the beach. It’s a beautiful place to stroll long distances, and they don’t call it the “Grand Strand” for nothing. Miles and miles of uninterrupted flat, sandy beaches and the sweet Atlantic Ocean, warmed by the Gulf Stream, make this special place a favorite for many people. There’s always an abundance of bird life to entertain you, and if you get up early enough in the morning, you can amass quite a seashell collection. The tides are interesting to observe at Myrtle Beach because it is so broad. Low tide is my favorite, but even at high tide, there is still plenty of room to walk, and even toss a football or frisbee.

“I said, ‘This far and no farther will you come. Here your proud waves must stop!'” Job 38:11.

I’ve been going to Myrtle Beach all my life, and I’ve seen those waves pound at the shore year after year. Yet, there she stands. God is the One who created the sea and determines its boundaries. Its boundaries are set according to His wisdom and purpose. The same is true of my life. Though circumstances may at times crash against me, God determines their limit. And He does that for my good and His glory.

What you are going through has a limit set by God Himself. He is sovereign over your life and circumstances, just as He is sovereign over the very waves of the sea. He determines when “that’s enough.” Therefore we can live in peace everyday, even in the midst of turmoil, knowing that there is reason, purpose, and divine love at work in our lives.

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