, Corbin, KY

October 11, 2013

Finding peace on the beach sands


CORBIN —  A couple of weeks back, I wrote about how my wife, Carmen, and I were celebrating our very first wedding anniversary.

We made the two-hour trip to Pigeon Forge, Tenn. and really had a fun time.

A year earlier, we were spending a week in Destin, Fla. celebrating our honeymoon as newlyweds.

We stayed in a condo that was right on the beach so anytime we wanted to go to the ocean, it was just an elevator ride away.

Destin also had many other attractions too.

There were plenty of fine restaurants to choose from. There were a few different shopping areas and malls if that’s your thing. They had the Gulfarium, which was basically an aquarium. And several other activities like cruises, mini-golf and historic parks.

But when you go to the beach, you go for the beach.

To let you in on a little secret, though, I am not much of a swimmer. And by “not much of a swimmer” I mean I can’t swim at all.

But I still enjoy getting in the shallow parts of the water. I also enjoy walking on the sand while the ocean water goes in and out over my feet.

So after Carmen had her fun out in the deep parts of the water, she would come back to the sand and walk up and down the coast with me.

If you have ever been to the beach before, you’ll notice one thing about the sand.

The sand that gets covered by water is much more firm and compact than the loose, dry sand that is further away from the ocean.

So as we were walking along the water, we were able to walk with relative ease. But once we were done, we had to walk through the loose sand to get back to our room.

The loose sand bogged us down and was a little more difficult to walk through.

Just as it was easier to walk across the firm sand, a firm faith in God makes it easier for us to walk through life.

A firm faith brings a lot of blessings, including peace.

Psalms 29:11 says, “The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.”

And when you don’t trust God, you have faith similar to the loose sand; you get bogged down and have trouble getting through the hard things in life.

That’s why we all need to pray for God to draw us closer to Him and to build our faith in him.

When we have that faith, our lives will be like a nice walk along the ocean.

Brad Hall is the nighttime editor for the Times-Tribune. He can be reached at You can also visit his blog at