Early this spring I walked down to the San Clemente State Beach in Southern California from our family camp site hoping to capture beautiful scenery in a photo, and the image that unfolded before my eyes refused to disappoint. The dark looming storm to the west threatened the brisk cool air packed coastline, and from the east the awakened sun struck forth with glorious streams of light vaporizing the encroaching darkness. With seemingly endless attempts the Pacific Ocean gnawed at the now golden beach sand with her ancient waves of white teeth. There I stood in awe peering into the distance, where beach homes perched on the sand smothered hills dissappeared into the mist.
I couldn’t help but feel nature’s contrasting and opposing forces lock into each other with the sun guaranteed the sure victor this spring morning. Often I ponder the opposites in life, light and dark, good and evil, virtue and vice, peace and torment. Many suffer in this world, while at the very moment they suffer others bask in joy.
I am reminded of an expression of one freed from torment as described in holy writ as follows.
“My soul hath been redeemed from the gall of bitterness and bonds of iniquity. I was in the darkest abyss; but now I behold the marvelous light of God. My soul was racked with eternal torment; but I am snatched, and my soul is pained no more.” Mosiah 27:29
I am wondering… what symbolism you see in this photo? Please respond by commenting. I’d like to hear what you think!
Here is map to this beach in case you too would like to enjoy this location.