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Oceans for emotions: Just being with God

July 1, 2011 at 2:01 a.m.

Elaine Wheat

By Elaine Wheat

After this, I looked and behold, a door was opened in Heaven.

- Revelations 4:1

Today, it was too hot to fish off my favorite little pier, but I did it anyway. It was so hot that I must have baked my brain, and I started imagining that any fish that I caught would probably come out poached, and all I would have to do is throw a couple of potatoes in the water, and I could sit right there and have lunch. Tooooo hot!

When my 30 weight sun screen began to boil on my sun soaked skin, I finally decided to quit. When I put all my gear in the car that had also absorbed so much sun that I was afraid that getting in it would leave the rest of me well done, I decided that I had to do something to cool down and do it quick.

My ocean never fails me, so I just walked right out in it and basted myself in a lovely salt water marinade. I really thought I heard myself sizzle as I sunk in. Compared to me, the water felt cool, and it invited me to stay a while and play, something most fishermen never do, play in the water.

All of the morning's fun had really sucked and soaked the energy right out of me, so I just finally laid right down and started floating around. It was when I floating out there on my back, that something happened truly special that really blessed me.

When you lie floating on the water bed of the sea, using each wave as your pillow, the only place you can look is up. I found that the only thing between me and heaven was an empty sky-blue sky, and I felt as if all I had to do to be close to God was just lie there and be.

As I floated freely along in this "Holy of Holies," I didn't need to say prayers, ask favors, beg forgiveness or seek blessings. I surely didn't even have to tell God what to do, as I usually get around to doing that when I pray. I just had to be there with nothing between God and me.

Now, I think I know what heaven is: a place where nothing will be between me and God.

Dear Lord, today was the worst and best of times. Thank you for letting me be so miserable that I finally could do nothing, but lie there and look upward and "let the door to heaven" be opened for me.

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