Joel and I love walking on the beach. So it was ridiculous that it had been a couple of months since we made our way to the coast. Saturday morning, we put everything that needed to get done on hold for a few hours and we headed to New Smyrna Beach. It was a gorgeous day. The Sun was bright, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, and a cool breeze was blowing. The crowds had not yet arrived. The scene was idyllic.

We walked along the shoreline and chatted. We watched Pelicans diving for fish and Sanderlings poking around in the sand for their next meal. We had covered about a mile we came upon this huge chunk of dead mangrove tree debris resting in the middle of the beach. I couldn’t decide if it was ugly or beautiful, but it certainly was intriguing. We wondered out loud where it came from, how it got there, and who could help get it to a better place.

It occurred to me, later in the day, that those are great questions to ask the intriguing people that God puts in my path. “Where are you from? How do you happen to be here? What can I do to help you?”  The huge bonus when the questions are asked of people is -- they share their stories!

“God delights in concealing things; people delight in discovering things.” - Proverbs 25:2-3 (The Message)