Heather O'Keefe Blog
"A Drop in the Ocean"
As the sun rises in the morning over the vast ocean, I look at the horizon on the beach and sit in a place of awe. The wind blows softly on your face, the taste and smell of the salt consume your senses, and all you hear is the stillness of the new day. As the waves of the ocean at this point roll in softy I know that later today the waves will be crashing with white caps at the coast, I wonder how can things change so quickly?
Over the last few weeks, I compare the time we have spent in prayer as the ocean I love to sit at. Two years ago, all six of us were in Mexico for Thanksgiving. Each morning we would wake up, way earlier than you should on vacation, and sit on one of those really cool beach beds and watch the sunrise (like the one above). I love that our family has the same love for the beauty of creation. These moments are sweet and moments that I will always cherish.
Over the last three weeks, which seem like a lifetime, I feel that I have experienced the tides of the ocean. I have seen the beauty of the sunrise through God’s constant reminders that he has gone before us. I have sat in the peace of the beautiful morning waves by experiencing a peace that only God can provide, and have felt the beating of the white caps as overwhelming news rolls in.
On this side of heaven, many daughters and sons don’t get to experience a relationship with a worldly father that resembles God’s love as our heavenly father in the way that me, Ryan, Jennifer and Joshua have. They way in which Dad has loved mom over the last 30+ years is admirable. We are a pretty blessed crew.
The recent news can be heartbreaking and devastating if you look at it from a worldly perspective, but I find myself being reminded that in God’s eyes this is so minuscule and small. It is a reminder of who our God is. That in the stillness of our days or in the storms, our God’s beauty and character does not change. Our God is constant, our God is good, our God is a healer, our God is faithful, our God is so many more things. We must put all our trust in him. No questions asked.
In Mark 11:23-24 “Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.”
No matter the situation, we must remember that God is constant. God is powerful. We must sit in these moments of the beauty of his creation. We have to cherish and show gratitude in the moments of peace. But most of all, we have to remember that in the moments of a waves crashing over us, our God calls us to be his sons and daughters and draw near to him, bury our face in his chest and depend on him to bring strength, courage, and faith. Our God is a faithful God.
God loves you, me and all those arounds us more than we can even comprehend. Lean in, let our good good God hold you close, and know God’s got this!
2/12/2017 09:56:37 pm
This is beautiful, Heather. Dad loves you.
Mom & Dad
2/13/2017 01:02:15 pm
Said as only a true, faithful believer can.
2/12/2017 10:02:19 pm
Absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. The faith the O'Keefe family has is so awesome and all of us who have encountered you all are blessed by it.
2/13/2017 02:37:51 am
O'Keefe family, we are on our knees lifting you all up in prayer.
2/13/2017 08:00:31 am
Beautiful words sweet daughter! How appropriate that we have always referred to you as our "Sunshine". Love you!
2/13/2017 01:26:32 pm
So lovely sis...so absolutely lovely....❤
2/14/2017 06:50:00 am
God grant us the serenity to accept what we can not change -- courage to change the things we can , and the wisdom to know the difference .
2/15/2017 07:09:43 pm
Heather, I am Rhonda's Dad and your words are so inspiring you are in all in our prayers and your faith will get you though this , I know prayers and faith really work. Marty Mullen
2/18/2017 08:15:54 am
Beautiful words! What an inspirational message. My prayers are lifting you and your family up to the Lord several times a day. God is so good! PTL
2/23/2017 03:39:23 pm
You guys have been there for me so many times. It wasn't long ago Tom's words gave me hope and faith. Tom is truly my brother and my prayers are with you and all of your family. We truly love you.
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