If you have spent time on this blog, you probably already know that our family loves Cannon Beach, Oregon. It is a very special place on God’s amazing earth and many people travel from all over to spend a day or two, a week, or even a whole summer there. “What is the attraction?”, you may ask. Well, if you have never been, you may never know. I truly believe that all the words and pictures of Cannon Beach gathered together in one place could still not give you insight to what the attraction of this beautiful place of God is. You simply must experience it for yourself in order to know.
The youngest of my two sons, loves to take pictures of the waves at Cannon Beach. He gets the camera dangerously close, most of the time. But the pictures that I have to share on my blog make the whole ordeal of me screaming on the beach well worth it! Can you see the beautiful mountains in the background? They have sharper peaks than we are use to seeing here in the Puget Sound and it seems that the trees are shorter and more bushier. It makes the mountains look green and fuzzy. Every plant that you see in the small town of Cannon Beach looks extremely healthy. Maybe because of the salty air from the ocean.
Beautiful places like Cannon Beach remind me of God’s Word. You cannot experience the deep beauty of them without going there yourself. God is the Creator of the universe and He created these beautiful places for us to experience a relationship with Him. It’s not a place to worship His creation, but to worship the only One and True Living God who created it all.
“For since the creation of the world
His invisible attributes,
His eternal power and divine nature,
have been clearly seen,
being understood through what has been made,
so that they are without excuse.”
As I get older, I find myself drawn more and more to places like Cannon Beach. I think it’s because my longing for Heaven is increasing and Cannon Beach is like a glimpse of Heaven on earth. It’s a place where I feel closer to my Creator, away from all the hustle and bustle of the city life. Back to the basics, back to the sand and the waves, back to His people, who seem for a moment to have laid aside their differences and have come to enjoy God and fellowship with each other. It is a place where we can focus on truly loving God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind and loving others as ourselves. It is a place to worship the God of Heaven and Earth, our Maker.
Do you have a favorite place you like to go? Is it to the beach or would you rather stay inland? Is it far from your home? Busy or relaxed? I would love to hear where your family likes to hang out and why you like to go there. Leave a comment below and let me know 🙂