Reflections by the Sea: Marina

Published 7:56 am Sunday, February 19, 2023

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By Betsy Ore Glass

Therefore tell the people: This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Return to me” declares the Lord Almighty, “And I will return to you” says the Lord. – Zechariah 1:3

The definition of a marina is a dock or basin providing secure moorings for pleasure boats and often offering supply, repair and other facilities. When I see a marina, I always want to stop and take photographs. The sun bouncing off the boats, the silver riggings against the blue sky and the ripples of the water as the tides go in and out. Catching the golden sun in the afternoon makes the marina glow with warmth that is difficult to capture with an artists’ paintbrush!

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Having owned a boat for a little while, I loved the free feeling of leaving the safety of the marina to explore the water and change our course on a whim if we wanted to. It was fun and nothing can match the wind as we went fast.

Docking was fun, too, and I was grateful I didn’t have to do it. “A little to the left, a little to the right.” It won’t my most favorite job to play first mate! I was average at best and so happy when the marina boys – that’s what I called them – grabbed the lines and helped us back into our safe spot.

When we set out to live our day, there is always a sense of wonder, not knowing what the day will bring and what interesting encounters we may have. It is important to have God as our co-pilot as we move about. And if we don’t, well we can get into deep water where we don’t belong. At the end of the day we can envision we are docking ourselves back into our safe place with God where we can be nourished, fed, helped and tuned up if needed. He is our help and our place of rest.

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 To learn more about her books, visit