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Reflections by the Sea: Sea Spray

By Betsy Ore Glass

The Lord is my strength and my shield;

My heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. 

– Psalm 28:7 NIV

The first time I ever remember vacationing at the beach, our family rented a modest cottage just a few steps from the shore. Most cottages had names and this one was called “Sea Spray” by the hand painted sign that hung by the door. I was a youngster and had never heard the term “sea spray” before and wondered what it meant. It wasn’t long before I found out. It’s the fine spray that the wind blows from the ocean to the shore, bringing with it salt residue from the sea. The windows to our little place had to be washed daily if we were to enjoy any view. The windshield of our car was filmy with the haze of sea spray. Some people call it salt spray. It becomes a fact of life to contend with if you are at the ocean for any length of time. The old-timers just shrug it off, just like they do about the sand in their shoes . . . when they wear them!

God’s protection and covering over us is his shield, just like the sea spray covers everything at the beach. God provides his armor to equip us. Ephesians 6:15 says, “To be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God.”  One part of the full armor of God is the shield of faith. It protects us from the flaming arrows of the evil one. As believers we are not immune to temptation and doubt. This is not God’s work and that is why we have his armor to defend ourselves in spiritual battle. Each day we should ask for God’s full armor to be upon us to protect us throughout the day. We’ll feel ready to meet the struggles that may lie ahead. We are blessed that God gives us these tools to stand firm in the Spirit.

Betsy Ore Glass has long-standing ties to the Outer Banks. From Virginia Beach, her family bought a vacation cottage in the 60s and her love of the area began. Later in the 90s, Betsy and her husband bought a weekend cottage and introduced the area to their children. Then Betsy’s parents retired to KDH where the family gathered often. Reach her at betsyglass1@gmail.com or read additional Reflections at www.betsyoreglass.com.

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