Youngs United Methodist Church

Shermans Dale, Pennsylvania

Sunday School Happenings – August 2016

Posted by on Jul 31, 2016

In my lifetime I have been privileged to visit the seashore many times.  I enjoy the ocean, but not necessarily to go swimming in it.  I can always envision some unknown creature attacking me from the depths below.  I think it has something to do with watching the movie “Jaws” too many times.  So I usually observe the ocean from the safety of the shore.


In all seriousness, though, there is something grand and glorious about the ocean.  I cannot look at the endless horizon and the power of the rolling waves without thinking about our Creator God which we serve.  When I stand by the ocean, it has a way of humbling me and putting me in my place.  I realize how small and finite that I really am.  I am not capable of creating one single drop of water.  And yet, here before me, is a seemingly infinite body of water that our God created and sustains.  It is literally too much for my mind to absorb.


I do not believe that I am alone when I have thoughts of God when I gaze out at the ocean.  The Bible gives ample testimony to that.

In the Book of Job, we are encouraged to “stand and consider the wonders of God.”  God was speaking to Job in Chapter 38 when He said, “Have you understood the expanse of the earth.  Tell me, if you know all this.”


In Psalms 98, the psalmist says “Let the sea roar and all it contains…. Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy.”  Again, I cannot help but think David was also thinking of the endless sea when he penned Psalm Chapter 8.  “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers… What is man that You are mindful of him and the son of man that You care for him?”  These are only a cou0ple of scripture references as to the greatness of our Creator God.

There is a phrase in the song, “I Hope You Dance” that asks the question “Do you feel small when you stand beside the ocean?”  I know that I sure do.  And I never want to lose that feeling, because we serve a God that is so great and powerful and who is worthy of all of our praise and worship.

Don’t forget our Gathering Room activities which commence each Sunday at 8:30am.  Join us before the start of Sunday School for hot coffee, light refreshments and good conversation.


Ed Bridge