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Expect the Unexpected

But this command I gave them, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people; and walk only in the way that I command you, so that it may be well with you.  Jeremiah 7:23 NRSV

(Photo courtesy of office.microsoft.com.)Fun in the sun. Beach fun. What a wonderful time to spend with family and friends—a time used to rest, relax, and unwind. A time to temporarily escape from the norm, the beach offers relief from everyday responsibilities and the pressures of life.

Some of us anxiously await the summer season. We long for the beach once again, often expecting similar experiences. However, unexpected things can happen at the beach. God can show up.

I stared out into the horizon sitting high on a bridge above the beach in Wildwood, NJ. I was awestruck looking at the Atlantic and the greatness and vastness of Almighty God. I lingered there for over an hour. My eyes couldn’t take in enough of His creative wonders. My thirsty soul was quenched by His presence.

I looked along the beach and observed people walking, jogging, and some walking their dogs. My eyes fixed on a particular man and his dog as the animal quickly ran from him. The man called out and the dog, recognizing his voice, obeyed. He responded to his master’s voice. The dog’s response to listen and obey his master caused me to realize just how much more we should listen and obey when God (our Master) commands or calls us. Whether He commands us to simply witness to the lost or calls us to a specific ministry assignment, we should readily listen and obey.

Beach experiences can be quite pleasurable. They can give new and unexpected perspectives about our God. Regardless of where He shows up, once we hear Him speak to our heart, our task is to readily obey. If so, the benefits and rewards will bring blessings beyond compare.

Listen for His voice and obey. 

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Carmen Harris

Carmen Harris is an aspiring writer to the glory of God. She has submitted devotions and has a published devotion in Women At The Well - Volume II, published by Judson Press. She is an evangelist and missionary, and has taught Bible study at her local church. She is passionate about the cause of Christ. Carmen desires for God to use her writings to help encourage and impact the lives of others, leading them to a rich, ongoing relationship with God. 


  1. Thank you for reminding me to Listen and Obey God....

  2. Thank you for reminding me to Listen and Obey God....

  3. Awesome Carmen. Self-reflecting on how I have often struggled with being obedient unto the Lord. Reading this devotional inspires me to continue to be attentive to what God will is for my life as I press into his will and his way. Thanks, Carmen- Great JOb!

  4. Carmen, I enjoyed reading this devotion! What you say about obeying our master is so true. When we do, God Is lifted and we reap the benefit. I thank God for putting you in my life! Keep up the good work!