Sand in the Bed

It’s so fun to visit the beach. The sun is beaming. The waves are crashing. The children are laughing. The adults are relaxing. And then of course there is the sand. Sand is everywhere. No matter how much you wash, some of the sand remains. We dropped a top to a bottle and thoroughly washed it off. After the next sip there was the grittiness of the sand in the beverage. After numerous showers we crawl into a long-awaited bed after a hectic day and you immediately feel the sand particles between the sheets. Why is that?

Sand is created from the slow erosion of rocks over time after they are carried to the ocean from rivers and streams. Did you know the more fine the sand, the older it is? Sand can also be formed from volcanic rock. Sand can come in many colors such as white, green, black and pink. Most importantly, the predominant ingredient in sand is quartz. So what does sand have to do with us?

The rocks take a beating in order to change their formation into sand. When we think of quartz we think of a beautiful mineral. Rocks are pretty ordinary. They are everywhere. However, sand has many purposes. In Jeremiah 5:22 the following declaration is made:

‘Do you not fear Me?’ declares the Lord.
‘Do you not tremble in My presence?
For I have placed the sand as a boundary for the sea,
An eternal decree, so it cannot cross over it.
Though the waves toss, yet they cannot prevail;
Though they roar, yet they cannot cross over it.

If there wasn’t a boundary for the sea it would overwhelm us and sweep us away. I believe that is worth putting up with a little grit every now and then.

Published by Kathy Burnham Howington

I'm a retired educator after 28 years working with students that have exceptional needs and working as a school and district level administrator. I am married with 3 grown children plus 2 bonus children. In total we have 7 grandchildren. My most fervent prayer is that of our children and grandchildren will embrace Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

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