Truck Tire On The Beach

Sunday, July 31, 2022
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When I was about a year old and my sister was two, my parents deposited both of us in an old truck tire on a beach of the Bering Sea. Then, they went away to search for the glass balls that came off Japanese fish nets and floated up to the Arctic on the strong winds.

We were visiting my grandmother, who was Matron of the Nome jail and very busy with civic affairs in small-town Alaska, USA. Her wind-battered, old wooden house and its boardwalk were near the beach of this two-million-kilometre-wide ocean.

I lay back and squalled as I had been doing since birth, due to a milk allergy that had not been caught. My sister managed to climb out of the tire, trying to follow my parents, whom she could see far down the curve of the cove where we had been deposited. But the wind caught her first. As she made her first wobbly step, the wind filled her sealskin parka, which ballooned out around her like a sail, pushing her toward the frigid sea.

Then, she began screaming for help in her baby voice, competing with the shrieking of the gulls and the crashing of the icy waves on that distant, isolated, rocky beach. My parents heard her through all of the noise and rushed back to save her before she drowned in that wind-blown sea.

Psalm 77:1 – I yell out to my God, I yell with all my might, I yell at the top of my lungs. He listens. (MSG)

Just as my parents responded immediately to my sister's cries, clearly hearing her voice above all the crashing of the waves and the shrieks of the gulls, when we cry out to God, He also responds immediately. We tend to recognize only "Yes" as a response, but sometimes He answers "No", "Wait", or "I've got a better idea." Wherever we are, whether safe at home or in imminent danger in an unknown locale, God is there, too, and He is listening for our cries. Someone said, "Trying to pray is praying."

Our connection to God gets stronger and deeper as we walk with Him. As we read Scripture, we increase our understanding and become the persons He created to be.

Romans 8:29,38-39 – God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love Him…. I'm absolutely convinced that nothing — nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable — absolutely nothing can get between us and God's love. (MSG)

Are you experiencing the power and fullness of God's love for you? Do you have a daily conversation with the God Who watches over you and has a plan for your life far beyond any you could imagine? Isn't it time to let go of your plan and step out on His?

Prayer: Dear Father God, how grateful we are as we follow where You direct our footsteps. Thank You for being always with us, to call on, to cry for help, and to be heard! Bring us back to Yourself when we stray and grow us in Your grace today. In the name of Your Son, we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks Rose.

    Amen, Rose! God be the glory! Blessings.

    Thank you, Rose. May we all step out and follow God’s plan.

    Thanks for a good word today Rose. I used to get tie to a cement block.

    Good Morning, Rose,
    Your devotionals are always relevant. Thank you.
    I am wondering why your parents wanted the glass balls.

    Wow does your devotional ever put me in the scene. Could imagine I could feel and hear the waves. What a great message and one that is very much needed in the world today.

    Oh Rose, I was holding my breath as I read about your sister and so relieved when your parents heard and responded! I loved the comparison of God hearing and responding as I too have experienced that.
    Thanks for sharing!

    How blessed we are that God always hears our cry, picking our voice out from among all the million others who are also crying out to Him. This illustration reminded me of how, when our baby was in the church nursery, I could always identify her cry, sight unseen!

    Good morning, dear Rose. Great message.
    The beautiful hymn, “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!”, came to my mind as I read your devotional.
    Always enjoy your messages!

    Dear Rose:
    Thank you for all the wonderful Devotionals you share, and they are greatly appreciated.
    May the Lord richly bless you as you continue to serve Him through the Gift of writing.
    God bless you!

    Good Morning Rose,
    Thank you for this beautiful remembrance of a childhood special moment of ‘saving grace’. Thank you also for the reminder that God always wants to hear from us and as our journey with Him grows sweeter, so should our love and devotion.
    It’s the Lord’s day….may we ‘rejoice and be glad in it’.

    Dear Rose,
    Thank you for this special devotional. I loved your statement of God saying “Wait, I have a better idea”. So often I hear myself saying God has the best answer to our prayers and we must be patient. We need be so thankful for His loving care of us. His care of your little sister at that time is sure proof of His unending love. Blessings for these encouraging and mindful writings you do.

    Good morning, Rose,
    Thank you for another inspirational devotional.
    I think many Christians are wondering where God is in this mess of unending covid, Ukraine, famine, animal species dying out and senseless killings.
    I guessed that you do not remember the incident of the truck tire playpen and that it was recounted to you. I am astounded that your grandmother was Matron of the jail in Nome given that your hubby worked for the penitentiary himself. I wonder why were your parents looking for those glass balls.

    Dear Rose,
    Your word picture of cries and calls made into the wind on the beach brought to mind the words from the old hymn, “Jesus calls us o’er the tumult of our life’s wild restless sea”.
    Your devotional reminds me that not only does He hear my calls to Him. But that He also calls to me “o’er the tumult of my life’s wild restless sea”. to let me know He sees me and cares for me and wants me to come to him, return to Him when I forget whose I am.
    Thanks for awakening these thoughts!

    Good morning, Rose,
    God is always there to hear your cry for help and our praise for Him. It took me a long time to realize that God always answers my prayers and that “No” is an answer. Once I reached that understanding, my faith grew because I did know he was always listening. My faith has never been in a straight line growing and growing. There has been dips and back sliding along the way. I think that they all led to my faith being stronger because it took me time and experience to really trust in God.
    Thank you for always sharing your experiences which are many and very diverse to help all of us gain a greater understanding of God. Blessings.

    Good morning, Rose,
    Yes, it is time to let go of our plan, but we seem to have detours at times, hopefully just detours, not wrong roads.
    May His blessing be upon you today.

    Always so happy to hear from you.


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