Oceans For Emotions: The comings, goings of the tides

By Elaine Wheat
Feb. 22, 2013 at midnight
Updated Feb. 21, 2013 at 8:22 p.m.

"And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night."

- Genesis 1:16

I remember standing at the ocean's edge and having to slowly move back because the tide was coming in. The tide crept up, and I sand-shuffled back, and we danced like this together like lovers on a solitary beach. That was the day I fell in love with tides.

Since my tide lover didn't have his face and bio on Facebook, I had to learn all about him, so I Googled him. I spent three precious hours reading everything about him and learned everything that my computer could offer.

I still had some very basic questions like where had the tide been before it came in? Where was it going to go when it went out? How could it do this with exact precision? And how could it keep doing this since the ocean was formed "in the beginning?"

I learned this: that some things don't have any answers. I just know that God set the sun to rule the day and set the moon to rule the night. And the oceans respond to both the sun and the moon, and their gravitational pulls causes tides.

So, in my fisherwoman mind, I just dumbed it down to earth, moon, sun and water equals tides. But I have a whole new respect for the tides, their going outs and their coming ins, when I try to fathom this happening since the beginning of time - right on time each time.

Dear Lord, sometimes when my faith falters, let me look at my tides and let me know that God rules. No wonder you rested on the seventh day.



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