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Water crashing on the shoreline, or falling upon rocks, or being exposed to lightening in the sky, causes the molecules in the air to break apart, losing their charge and thereby becoming negatively charged ions.
These negative ions, found in much higher levels in these settings than in the average home or office building, are odorless, tasteless, and invisible. Once they reach our bloodstream, it is believed they produce biochemical reactions which increase the flow of oxygen to the brain, resulting in higher alertness, decreased drowsiness and more mental energy. They may also have some protective action against germs in the air and particles which cause sneezing and coughing.
It is important to remember that the way these ions become negatively charged is by crashing upon the sand, or rocks, or being exposed to lightening. For the ions, I suppose, this is not a positive thing (further underlining the name "negative ions.") But our response when exposed to them is generally positive.
Throughout our lifetimes we will all face negative circumstances. We will find ourselves crashed upon the shorelines of our lives. We will fall upon hard rocks, or perhaps find ourselves "between a rock and a hard place." We may feel the fire and burn of lightening in our lives.
But for the Christian, everything that appears to be negative on the outside is a tool in the Lord's hand to work out the very best for us. In the darkest of nights He will give the sweetest songs. In the moments of deepest griefs He will be our greatest comfort. There is no path we can walk, no trial we can face, no heartache we will experience that He is not there before us. He knows the way and He knows us and He has been, is and will be, all that we will ever need in every situation.
"Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."