We’re finally here after a several year hiatus – at our Island Paradise, our lovely hideaway on the beach. As we experience the hot velvety sand under our feet, turning cooler and moister as we approach the gentle waves, it is as if God whispers, Come away with Me – be still and know that I am God. (Song of Solomon 2:10,13; Psalm 46:10).
Just ahead on the path to the house I spot the last love note for today’s journey – a pearly white, round, gleaming, iridescent jingle shell, reflecting the last rays of the sun. It reminds me of the pearl of great price, like Jesus Christ Himself, like the Kingdom of Heaven, worth relinquishing all earthly treasures to possess it (Matthew 13:45-46).