Just Below The Horizon

Tuesday, August 10, 2021
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I am so blessed that God has gifted me a little beach retreat at a village in Saskatchewan, Canada, called Manitou Beach. While my renovation may never be complete, I feel so blessed here. I feel so close to God, enjoying His beautiful creation. Despite the weather, it is so peaceful out walking, listening to the birds, seeing the deer, and watching the lake. The other day, I was walking beside the water. In contrast to the heat of the day, the wind felt delightful, blowing against my skin. There are some spectacular sunsets at the beach. This evening was no exception. As I continued walking west, I noted the beauty of God's sunset: the pinks, the yellows, and almost red colours — so vivid that some of the white structures in the village took on pinkish hues. It was so beautiful, and then, seemingly in an instant, the sun disappeared below the horizon. I felt a bit deflated, until I thought, "Ah! But the sun will rise again tomorrow morning."

This walk brought to mind the parallel between the sun's course and our lives in the Christian faith. Living our lives here on earth, we — like the weather — are subject to periods of tranquil beauty and also to storms and wind. One day, sometimes slowly, sometimes suddenly, our earthly lives are brought to a close. Like the sun, our lives slip below the horizon and out of view. As Christians, though, we know that like the sun, we will rise again, for we claim Christ's promise of everlasting life.

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (NIV)

Even though our lives may have slipped below the horizon out of earthly view, we know that this is not the end. We cannot see life eternal, but we know that there is life everlasting because we are promised this in the Bible.

Are you grieving the loss of someone dear to you? Are you discouraged watching special friends or relatives coming to the end of their days on earth? Remind yourself that Jesus Christ died and rose again for us, so that we can live forever! Remind those loved ones that Jesus Christ gave His life as a sacrifice so that the sins of those who believe in Him could be forgiven. We can all live forever if we claim Him as our Saviour!

John 5:24 – I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. (NIV)

Prayer: Dear God, You have given us so many beautiful gifts to enjoy here on earth: our families and friends, the beauty of Your creation, the animals and the birds, changes in weather, the sun that brings heat to our earth, and the refreshing rain. Most importantly, You have given us Your Son. We have wept with Him as His body was beaten and crucified for us. We have rejoiced with Him as He rose triumphantly from the dead. Now we claim the promise of the life everlasting. Each day as we witness the rising of the sun, help us to remember that after our lives here on earth are concluded and out of view, the lives of those who trust Him are just beginning in heaven. Amen.

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Orlanda Drebit <orlandadrebit@hotmail.com>
Manitou Beach, Saskatchewan, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.

    Amen, Orlanda.

    Thank you, Orlanda.

    Thank you, Orlanda for a beautiful devotional today.

    Thank you, Orlanda. A great promise for these difficult times.

    What a beautiful metaphor. Thank you for sharing this striking word picture.

    Sounds like a wonderful place, Orlanda. Beautiful prayer, blessings, and thanks for sharing!

    Beautiful to have the privilege to live beside water and see God’s beauty magnified! Blessings.

    Thank you so much for your well written and most inspirational writing… a real blessing for me today! God bless!

    Thank you Orlanda for this devotion.
    I enjoyed it very much.

    Thank you for your Devotional.
    I hope to use it when I have the opportunity . Trust you agree.

    Orlanda, your devotional carried me along with you as you walked the beach. How blessed we are that nature echoes the truths from God’s word.

    Thanks, Orlanda. Our “cabin” spaces in our lives help us more easily see and enjoy God’s love and beauty reflected in his wild creation.

    Wow. It is amazing the colors God gives to enjoy Orlanda! I feel the same about here, as you about your place. This was a beautiful example of what it is like at the end. God bless.

    Such a beautiful encouraging message of eternal life with our Father, after we go “below the horizon”!
    So well written – l could see the differing hues of the sunset as if l was there!

    Thanks for the devotional.
    Especially meaningful because last month we held a memorial for my big brother.
    It’s also nice to hear from home as well as folk from afar.

    Hi Orlanda, I so enjoyed your devotional today. Your place sounds awesome and peaceful. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.
    Blessings to You.

    Dear Orlanda,
    Thank you for sharing the beauty of your location as you share the beauty of Christ and all He gives to us through salvation. Blessings to your writing.
    (California, USA)

    Orlanda, Although I’ve never been to Canada’s West coast, God’s blessed me many beautiful sunrises and sunsets. God’s given them to us so we can imagine how gorgeous heaven’s going to be! Thanks for writing and sharing this devotional with us. You encourage us! Blessings.

    Thanks for your devotion today, Orlanda. God is so good! And we are so blessed by Him and by His creation. How good it is to know that we will live with Him forever!
    Good luck with your renovations. We moved to the beach 20 years ago and renovated the cottage that my parents built in the early 1960s.

    Dear Orlanda,
    What a treat to read about your treasure in Manitou!
    Thank you for sharing; also, thank you for discussing grief.
    It’s so important that we register grieving to help ourselves and others.
    Loved John 3:16 included!
    Thanks again.

    Dear Orlanda,
    Many thanks for your reassuring and very enlightening devotional today. The place you have there at the beach sounds delightful as you enjoy the glory of God’s many creations. What a glorious day it will be when we are called to be home with Jesus and the delights, He has prepared for us. It was a blessing to read and see another devotional from you.

    Dear Orlanda, How beautifully you have pictured for us a written description of your home and the wonderful gift of eternal life. Somewhere some will have lost a loved one and your message will bring them great comfort. Thank you and May God richly bless you.
    My brother-in-law subscribed me to this daily devotional, and I have been witness to the many wonderful accounts by lay people of faith. You are certainly one. I am glad our paths crossed today!!!

    Dear Orlanda,
    Thanks for the encouraging word today! It is so good to hear good news in the midst of all that is going on in our world.
    God has given us such a wonderful world to enjoy. I too live close to a beach in Ontario.
    His blessings are new every morning! What a privilege it is to know such a great God and know that someday we can live with Him forever in that most beautiful place where there will be no more suffering, no more tears, and no more pain of any kind. Praise His holy name!!
    May God continue to bless and keep you close to Him always.

    Your devotional this morning reminded me of how blessed my husband and I are to live where we live, on a relatively small ranch in Central Texas south of Dallas. This morning we sat outside and because we have had abundant rain this year everything is still green. (Unfortunately, Texas gets pretty hot in the summer and by August the greens are beginning to be tired.). I will say even when the summers are hot and dry, it is still a joy to be able to see God’s beauty and to take in the very thoughts you expressed today. I often wonder how people who do not know Jesus Christ accept a lot of what goes on in this life.
    Thank you

    Good morning Orlanda,
    I was curious to see Manitou Beach, so I looked it up on the internet. It is a resort town with lots of activities and a very buoyant water. I can see why you feel blessed there. Your devotional is encouraging and uplifting because as we age, we lose loved ones, and we have more aches and pains, but we have hope. As you say, as Christians we have the hope that Jesus has provided that we will slip below the horizon, but we will have a new life and we know the people we have lost have gone to a new life.
    As I start my day joining you in this beautiful prayer, I am filled with peace and comfort. Thank you for sharing part of your journey and encouraging us. May God continue to bless you with love and comfort.

    Thank you for a very thought-provoking devotional.

    Thanks Orlanda, for sharing words of happiness and hope today. Helps me.

    Hi Orlanda
    Thank you so much for this daily. It means so much to me.

    Thanks for your uplifting devotional.
    I forwarded it to my brother and asked him if manitou beach was near him.
    He replied that it was a bit north and that they use to go there for super-size ice cream cones.

    An excellent reminder of God’s promises to Believers.

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