I always loved the story of the little girl on the beach who tossed stranded sea stars back into the ocean. A passerby asked her why she took the time to do such a thing when there were so many of them that she couldn't possibly make a difference. Without hesitation, she picked up another struggling creature and threw it into the sea and replied,
"It made a difference to that one!"
Last week on our vacation, we encountered countless sea stars lying all over the beach where we were staying. We surveyed our surroundings to see if the rising tide would eventually pull them back into the ocean and it didn't appear that it would. Apparently, that area was known for beached sea stars. Our family got busy rescuing one after the other and tossing them as far as we could back into their home. When we realized we could not rescue them all, Molly ran along the beach drawing hearts around them in the sand as a symbol that at least we cared. It was sad and beautiful at the same time.
As we strolled barefoot over the grainy path to our hotel, I thought about the women I've met over the years whose hearts have been abandoned and broken. Many had felt they had reached the end of their ropes and my soul ached with theirs. I have cried out to God again and again for answers to help, comfort and share His peace with them and most often, He's moved in miraculous ways. However, sometimes, He's whispered that a particular one is not mine to rescue. And so, I draw a heart around her with a hug and prayer. I remind myself that even though I can't heal her, He never lets her go. Her healing will come as she seeks Him on her knees and possibly, through someone else. I'm so thankful for the body of Christ that works together to toss lovely, broken people back to the feet of the Great Physician.
1555. for the best vacation yet!
1556. how He loves us enough to rescue us when no one else is able
1557. how we saw copious amounts of sea stars
1558. how we watched dolphins every morning frolicking in the waves
1559. the way we always become just a little closer when we're forced to be in a tiny space for a long period of time together
1560. for white powdery sand that's cool to the touch
1561. how she found the first palm tree (our yearly contest as we drive) and later showed us she had written a reminder on her hand :)
1562. for His protection and provision as we drove the 24 hour trip!