- #1: beaches are sandy - unlike rocky coastlines, so beaches are soft underfoot and soft to lie on
- #2: beaches are washed by the tides - without the tides, a sandy beach could be a most unpleasant smelly place because organic debris washed ashore would stay there and rot
- #3: beaches are refreshed by the tides - every morning the beach is new because the tide has washed away the sand castles and footprints of yesterday
- #4: because of the slope of the sea floor leading up to the beach, if there are any waves, they fall over and become breakers on the beach (that's what causes a breaker, a wave falls over) - producing a sound that we enjoy, an interesting feature of the sea - and if you are a surfer an opportunity for fun
- #5: beaches are made interesting by the tidal movement of the sea - not only do shells get washed up each day, but interesting objects (and rubbish too!) which have fallen overboard appear on the beach each day. When I was a boy growing up in Karachi, I would love collecting old battered radio parts and even watches on the beach....
- #6: sand has variable properties: when it's dry, it soft to rest on, when it's wet it's firm and easier to walk on and can be formed into sandcastles, art or whatever you please
- #7: the different thermal properties of sea and land means that on a sunny day there is always a breeze at the sea/land interface, making the heat more bearable
The shortness of this life
Beaches also remind us of the transiency of life: we are here today and gone tomorrow.
"Teach us to number our days aright, that we
may apply our hearts to wisdom..."
said the aged Moses (Psalm 90) in an inspired and reflective moment.
There can be no better way to apply our hearts to wisdom than to seek the good God who has revealed himself everywhere in his beautiful creation and revealed himself supremely in Jesus Christ, his only Son, while there is time.