Friday, September 30, 2016
On the Boardwalk
For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do - this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
Our mission: As stewards of Jekyll Island's past, present and future, we're dedicated to maintaining the delicate balance between nature and humankind. ~Jekyll Island Authority
On two of the mornings during our stay at Jekyll Island, my husband, Danny, slips out of our room before dawn so he can capture the sunrise.
He runs into two women doing the same thing on that first morning. A conversation ensues, and Danny learns the women are visiting the United States from Holland.
Danny, having lived in this part of the country much of his life, gives them some ecological history concerning the preservation of the stunning sand dunes and the endangered vegetation they support.
This is precisely why the Jekyll Island Authority, a board of governor-appointed officials, have had numerous boardwalks, like this one,
built as walkways from the dune's inception to where they meet the smooth, flat sands of the shore.
The women seem appreciative of and impressed by the information Danny discloses.
So imagine his dismay on the second morning of his sunrise shoot when he sees this!
Yep! There's one of those women, as big as life, standing boldly and brashly where no human foot is meant to trod. So, of course, Danny couldn't resist snapping the picture and adding the accusatory caption.
What is her motivation, I wonder, in going against the grain? Breaking the rules?
Does she see herself as the exception? Someone who surely couldn't cause any lasting damage to these majestic dunes? "After all," does she rationalize, "What difference will my few footprints make?"
And I am reminded of Paul's lament, quoted above: For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do - this I keep on doing. If we are honest with ourselves, haven't we all been on that proverbial sand dune at one time or another in our lives? We know what we are doing is wrong, but that temptation - oh, how impossible it is to resist!
Unless, of course, we temper temptation with sincere prayer; for God alone, at our moments of weakness, when our inherently sinful natures are determined to get the best of us, can correct our paths and give us the strength to do what is right in His eyes.
Maybe, had this woman done just that when the dune sirens beckoned, she would have stayed the boardwalk's course.
And by doing so, honor God's magnificent creation.
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. ~Genesis 1:31a
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