Silver Sands beach, on the northwest coast of Jamaica, is usually one of my fav places for wading and swimming. It’s typically calm, but not completely still, the perfect balance of light waves and winds; even keel. The type of place that brings quiet reflection.
I visited this beach last week, but it didn’t look as inviting as pictured here. Due to bad weather, there was a rise in the tide, causing huge waves and rough sea. The massive waves had caused a littering of debris and seaweed on the beach.
I opted not to take a swim that day, for fear of being swallowed up. I did walk in up to my knees and turned back, the thought of going further and then struggling through waves back to safety was not appealing. I opted to stay away, and instead sat on the sidelines. As I sat watching the waves crash, through the sounds of a gentle wind, I heard a quiet voice in my heart say “You are like an ocean; wonderful when calm, devastating when rough.” These words, spoken to my heart, brought me to a place of repentance.
Prior to that moment, I had a hard conversation with a very close friend. We were arguing and admittedly, I overreacted. I was unable to temper feelings of anger and was really tough on her, with no regard for how my words could batter and drown our friendship. Like Silver Sands beach, what was once a safe place, turned into a rough sea.
As I sat on the beach, the tide of my anger subsided. There are times when anger is justified, and emotional outbursts aren’t always easy to control. However, I knew that I had failed my friend in allowing my emotions to sweep in like a storm.
James 1:19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.
I can’t take back hurtful words but I can own my error. Emotions are good things, but like waves, they can drown us (and others) if not appropriately regulated.
Let’s not drown our friends! Tell me, what do you do when the tide rises?