I was one of those little boys with a "toy dozer" in my hand, pushing sand around in the backyard as if I were changing the world.
While enjoying the beautiful Pensacola beach, I saw several bulldozers scurrying about as if they were on a mission.
But it was weird. What were they doing? Then I saw it. A huge ship.
It had just returned from removing sand far out in the gulf. It then connected to a gigantic steel pipe running under the water and up onto the beach.
Among the bulldozers scurrying about on the beach, was the mouth of that pipe gushing out thousands of gallons of water and sand from the ship.
You guessed it, they were actually creating and expanding the shoreline.
A new beach, fresh sand. I saw the coastline expand before my eyes.
The sand was being taken from one location and made useful in another.
A new location, a new purpose. God does that both geographically and spiritually in our lives.
He can take the deep, hidden, silent and seemingly forgotten deposits in our life (like that sand on the bottom of that far out ocean floor) and use it for purposes we could never have imagined. A new shoreline. A new adventure.
What was buried is now useful. It has purpose.
The powerful hand of God! Moving and shaping the shoreline of our lives.
"For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work according to his good pleasure."