A Walk On The Beach

By September 3, 2017 Women

In May 2010, a transformational moment of not just knowing about God, but knowing God took place for me on a desolate beach.

 “I had to get you out here to talk to you. I have so much to tell you. I just want you to walk with me.”

A celebration was in order and the weekend marked my first time partaking in a destination wedding.

An adventure for me in my new “single” life, I was up for the challenge and open to the experience.

After settling into a corner suite with a view, I explored the island and caught up with an old friend over dinner.

I couldn’t wait until morning.

How I loved watching the sunrise and taking longs walks in the cool sand, hearing the soothing sound of the waves.

It’s freeing when you like yourself enough to be alone.

Then, I realized I wasn’t alone at all. It just started, this conversation.

I questioned my spirit.

Then God spoke. I began to ask questions, and He answered.

We were so engaged, I forgot where I was. Spirit intertwined with spirit. My heavenly Father wanted to get me alone, away from distractions, and have a conversation WITH ME!

“God if this is really you, tell me you love me.”

Not shortly after testing this voice inside my body, I looked down in the sand and there inscribed where the letters, “X X O O.” I looked around. There was no one on this beach. I laughed and cried, danced, and fell to my knees.

I couldn’t wait to tell someone and then my phone rang. My sister shared in my delight and joy.

The next day, I eagerly awoke and raced outside to engage with my Lord.

As I headed off the dock, there sat a chair, all by itself. Being a Gator fan, I paid much attention to its color – orange and blue.

The walk began and so did our conversation. Fully engaged, I lost track of time and place.

The sun turned quickly into a thick fog as I began my descent back to the dock. Visibility of my surroundings diminished.

“Do not be afraid, Nicole. I am with you and for you. You will face many trials, but know I am here. Laugh in the face of fear, dance and do not be shaken.”

And so I did. I skipped and laughed and danced, trusting God would get me back.

Remember that chair? It was God’s purposeful placement which pointed me back home.

God speaks all the time and He wants to speak to you.

Perhaps it’s time to lay down the “to do’s,” the computer, and phone, and take a walk.

“My light will shine for you just a little longer. Walk in the light while you can, so the darkness will not overtake you. Those who walk in the darkness cannot see where they are going” John 12:35

Nicole Santapola

About Nicole Santapola

Nicole Santapola began her relationship with Christ after 30 years of religion being a mainstay in her upbringing. Experiencing a divorce, Nicole found herself a single woman leaning on God's promises and learning both His faithfulness and love. She calls Discovery Church home. She began attending in 2002 and through bible studies, women's events, and restoration counseling, she was baptized at East Campus in 2006. Nicole has a passion to share God's love and encouragement to others particularly in the area of health and wellness. She has followed holistic health and nutrition and through education and cooking classes, she teaches and shares this with others. She loves to cook and bake mostly plant-based dishes in her home and visit local vegetarian establishments. Her walk began with Romans 12:2, "Do not conform any longer to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind".

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