There are a lot of dictionary
definitions.It can mean to tolerate –
we usually hear it in the negative, as in, “I can’t abide people who are
judgmental.”It can mean to wait – as in
biding one’s time.It can even mean
conform, as in “I will abide by the rules.”
None of that seems to
fit.In this case, I think it is more
related to the definition of “to remain.”
The best metaphor for abide
I’ve ever heard involved a sponge and a bowl of water.Think of a sponge – dry and hard.The sponge is placed in the bowl of
water.The sponge is now abiding in the
bowl of water – completely surrounded, covered.We abide in God.
But the water soaks into the
sponge. The sponge is transformed into
something that is full of water.God
abides in us – fills us, changes us.
Abide is about
relationship.It is about presence.Think of a word that is related to abide –
the word abode.It means home.This place – this relationship – this
dwelling with Christ – living in the presence of God, and God living in us –
this is home.This is where we are meant
Why Sandpiper? When I was young, my grandfather liked CB radios. He worked construction, and would talk to my grandmother during the day using the radio. He had them in his truck and his car. We ended up with one in our car (for emergencies, I imagine). Sandpiper was my "handle." It reminds me of times with my grandparents. It also is symbolic of my love of the beach.