I came across this treasure chest of prints over at Olive et Oriel this week… One which really caught my attention was this refreshing aerial shot of a wave and the ocean.
I was really inspired by it for a for so many reasons! Three of which, I’ve shared below…
- I now live in London but grew up on the beautiful coastline of South Africa. Up until I was 8 years old we lived a barefoot and sandy haired (and sometimes just ‘2 year old toddler stark naked’!) beach life. When I was 8 years old, we moved to one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Cape Town. Which remains my first love and so much a piece of my heart and soul today. All this ocean down time growing up leaves a great longing for the wide open seas when you are locked in by concrete buildings over here on mud island! So any dramatic representation of the sea always tugs quite strongly on my heart…
- Secondly, I was in church two weeks ago and a lady stood up to say that she had this vision of someone standing on the shoreline of the ocean. And God’s love was represented by the waves. This individual was just standing on up on the shore, away from the sea and staring at the waves, without walking into the sea to be fully engulfed His love and all God had called them to walk towards. And I felt like I was this person! I have no idea how I got to this point, but I released I had been standing on the periphery of God’s love and not walking into His promises. I had avoided being immersed in His presence and love.
- Lastly, it reminded me of one of my favourite songs, Oceans, released by Hillsong United. It’s a beautiful song about being brave with God amidst the unknown. I don’t know about everyone else but the unknown is always a weird one! We’re always apprehensive when we don’t know what to expect. This song is super encouraging as it calls us to trust God, step out into new, big and unknown territories (so key to experiencing all that God and life has available for us!) and not be afraid if we are feeling out of our depth in the process! Wow, powerful and life changing stuff about having the courage to live a life larger than ourselves! And letting God be our guide through that.
You call me out upon the waters // The great unknown where feet may fail // And there I find You in the mystery // In oceans deep… My faith will stand // And I will call upon Your name // And keep my eyes above the waves // When oceans rise // My soul will rest in Your embrace // For I am Yours and You are mine // Your grace abounds in deepest waters // Your sovereign hand Will be my guide // Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me // You’ve never failed and You won’t start now // So I will call upon Your name // And keep my eyes above the waves // When oceans rise My soul will rest in Your embrace // For I am Yours and You are mine // Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders // Let me walk upon the waters // Wherever You would call me // Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander // And my faith will be made stronger In the presence of my Savior // Oh, Jesus, you’re my God! // I will call upon Your name // Keep my eyes above the waves // My soul will rest in Your embrace // I am Yours and You are mine
So much thought about one little print! Mind blowing. Equally exciting though, are the rest of these absolutely gorgeous Olive et Oriel prints. I have collected my favourites below but really do pop over there yourselves to take a sneak peek! They’re truly great.