Went fishing yesterday at Desaru. The tide was low. The boat had to be towed some fifty meters to reach the rolling waves.
I was on the boat. As I gazed at the stretch of sandy shore exposed by the receding tide, I was stunned to see a spectacular sight.
The entire sandy shore was drawn with wavy lines caused by the rippling waves.
I have not seen this stunning shore before. Perhaps the tide was high on those occasions. Or I was focused on holding tightly on my seat to avoid falling off as the boat hit the waters.
So often we don’t notice the stunning impressions we leave on the shores of people’s lives.
The gentle ripples of our faithful services and the constant lapping waves of our ministries may not be anything grand or spectacular yet they may leave stunning and lasting impressions on the shores of those lives we reached and served.
A week ago I conducted a funeral wake of a church member who had been in the nursing home for six years. Every time I visited the member, his wife was there caring for him. In fact his wife cared for him for seven years in their home until her health did not permit her to do so. Still she continued to visit him every day, attended to his every need and kept him company.
At the funeral service, the son and daughter, great children and close friends gave more tributes to the living wife than to the dead husband. They saw the stunning shore in the life of a man whose wife had cared for him untiringly. One close friend remarked, “When I look at the man, I see his wife.”
May we leave such indelible marks in the lives of those we love. Don’t for a moment imagine that all our effort to fetch our children to school, buy and cook their meals, guide them in their conduct are all a pure waste of time.
For when the tide of time recedes and the wave of life ebbs, there may reveal the stunning shores caused by the rippling effects of our love and care.
So don’t give up when your efforts and sacrifices are not bearing any visible results.
Don’t quit even when your kind gesture and loving acts are repudiated.
Don’t throw in the towel when the sea is rough and the unpredictable wind of stresses comes your way.
For there would come a day of revelation when people will see the stunning shores.
For thus says the Word of God:
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (I Corinthians 15:58).