What is it about standing on the shore watching the sea that has the ability to move even the hardest heart? I recall watching the tide coming in at Portreath, in Cornwall, as a little girl in the early 50’s. More like a cove than an open beach, the sand appeared to stretch out to sea for miles. Then, the sea in turn seemed to become endless as the tide made its way in. Sparkling sunshine reflected on the water as we jumped the foamy white breakers. All too soon it was time to return home but the memory was indelibly printed on my mind. Fifty years later I returned and stood looking down on that beach, it was just as I remembered.
Up in Kent the River Medway at East Peckham was where we roamed as children. Although warned by our Kent Nan not to go near it, that river was like a magnet. As we (mostly my brother) wandered along the pathways we knew no fear even though in some places it was quite slippery. Often the surface of the water was so still it appeared like a mirror, the memory still lingers of the calm water and the amazing reflections we saw. In 1998 I rediscovered those reflections.
When we moved to Australia we did not live near any water for many years. Except, that is, the mighty Murray River at Echuca in the early 1970’s. With our friends the Schroder’s we, and our children swam in that dangerous, fast moving flow. I shudder to think now what a risky activity that was. Then in 1985 we moved to Ballarat where Lake Wendouree is almost in the centre of the town. In the early days we regularly walked that lake (all 5.9 Kms). No matter what the weather, it always looked amazing as it reflected whatever was going on around it.
Recently, as we drove around the lake we encouraged two of our grandsons to take mental pictures of what they saw. There were rowers out training for the ‘Head of the Lake’. The yachts and the suns rays shimmering off the water. It was this sparkling array on the waters surface that set my mind wandering back to other bodies of water in other places. It started me pondering on God’s love shining down on us. Lord, help us to mirror your love for people and reflect your glory to all those around us. (2 Corinthians 3:18)
The reflected glory of the sun on Lake Wendouree 4/02/2015