One of the blessings of moving into a care home was to be living within reach of a walk by the sea. Convalescing after a cataract operation, I seemed to have lost my ability to hear God’s voice. Had I lost my ability to commune with him?
I thought of how Jesus had walked the shores of Galilee and how I too as a young woman had shared the joy of his first disciples who had answered his call to follow him. But now after years of joyful discipleship I felt I had nothing to offer him.
Then, wonderfully, melting in our unusual heat wave, I was advised to rise before breakfast to come for my walk by the sea. There, resting on a bench I was aware of Jesus’ sitting beside me, demanding nothing, just enjoying my presence, and happy that I had come to meet with him.
‘Jesus, I am resting, resting in the joy of what thou art. I am finding out the greatness of thy loving heart.’ My time of the desert was over!
I have longed to put into verse my own wonderful blessing of sitting beside my Saviour in my weakness on the shore, not of Galilee, but of Porthcawl.
I hope this may bring assurance to each of us who may also have times when they need God’s own personal ministry.
Oh Christ who walked by Galilee
Have come to walk this shore with me
And you who called those young and brave
Call us afresh though old and frail
Lord, though oftimes I fail to hear
And know that you are always near
You never leave us or forsake
And you who called me when so young
Like those you called by Galilee
Are with me here , another shore –
Porthcawl indeed, not Galilee
But near and dear, yes all we need
Come, rest with us each beside the sea.’
I am struggling to share this, to me, very special experience, but pray we may all know his love afresh, whatever our circumstances.