A life lived in the heart of a African capital city can be described with so many adjectives, those describing words that capture the very essence of the noun. A few adjectives that spring to mind about Accra as I write include vibrant, buzzing, soulful, chaotic, noisy, humid, colourful and hot. But I don’t include ‘peaceful’ or ‘tranquil’ in my list. It is not often that I feel peaceful as I go about my day. Even by the ocean, it is rarely peaceful, as music often plays loud from local bars, and the waterfront is action packed with fishermen, drinking men, fruit sellers and people from all angles inflicting their good humoured banter and their wares upon you, from wood carvings to clothing, jewellery to hand made cloth.
But today it was different. Amazing Elikem treated me to a massage in a perfect hide away, just a stones throw from the sandy beach, and I experienced some beautiful moments near the ocean, which I would describe as completely tranquil.
Today there was peace. The only music I could hear was the ocean as it whispered. Oh how it whispered; a deep whispering roar. Shhhhhh… it seemed to hum, it’s whisper loud with determination, as if it were shouting to me to be still. Shhhhh… The lazy palms swayed low in the ocean breeze, their feathery leaves almost purring with delight, and long hazy shadows lay easy over the soft soft sand. Shhhhh… A bird sang high up in a king palm and I lay warm and still, safely tucked away from any noise or chaos, banter or voice. Tranquil. For the first time in a long time I felt this word wash over me…. Tranquil.
And as I lay low I let more words wash over me. I let the words I had read this morning wash over me and soak into my soul: “I pray that you may have your roots and foundation in love, so that you, together with all God’s people, may have the power to understand how broad and long, how high and deep, is Christ’s love. Yes, may you come to know his love—although it can never be fully known—and so be completely filled with the very nature of God.” Ephesians 3 verses 14-21
And I let those words sink in. God’s love is so abundant that we will never ever fully grasp it, but to even begin to understand how wide and deep it really is, is to begin to understand who He really is. Love.