View From the Shore (3.0) #5: The Simplest Moments

I love the beach. It’s well documented – because I tell everyone, I write about it, and it’s my favorite place in the universe.

I love the swimming and body surfing, the eating out at our favorite places, the shopping, the fishing, the putt-putt- all of the things that happen at the beach.

But my favorite moment this year came in one of the simplest moments. I decided to head out for ice cream, and no one wanted to go with me. Except for my five-year-old.

The best ice cream shop on the beach was about a half mile away, and as the sun began to fade, he and I set out for the shop.

With his little hand in mine, we began the walk down through the rows of houses, enjoying the silence….

Wait! Who am I kidding?

No, the walk there and back was peppered with conversation, with questions (did you know children average 225 questions a day? I’m sure he met his quota), and observations. And with the faintest bit of sun shining off of the puddles we walked past, I realized that I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

We didn’t talk about anything intense or uber serious, but we spent the time together, in relationship. And I realize that this is what God hopes for in us – a relationship, with my childlike questions and God’s expansive answers, observing the sun, and puddles, and ice cream, together.

Sometimes, the simplest things really are the best.


About Jacob Sahms

I'm searching for hope in the midst of the storms, raising a family, pastoring a church, writing on faith and film, rooting for the Red Sox, and sleeping occasionally. Find me at,, and the brand new
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