How many are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number – living things both large and small. Psalm 104:24 – 25
We had eagerly anticipated the call and couldn’t wait to hear what the boys would say about their trip to Sea World! Their mom and dad had sent many pictures and texts about their adventures over the last few days, but nothing could compare with hearing it in their own words. I think Cole summed it up best when he said, “In all the world, the sea creatures are the most amazing!” But Miles said it just as well with his simple response: “It was awesome!”
I sometimes forget to be in awe of all of God’s wondrous creations! Their words reminded me once again. When we think of our world with all its magnificent beauty and all the incredible wonders to be found, it is almost incomprehensible. And is there anything more extraordinary and mysterious than “the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number.” With what wisdom and power He made them – each with their own unique characteristics and means of protection and survival.
Both the boys named a long list of different species of fish and other sea creatures to see if we had heard of them and of course, they had to tell us all about each one. They were so in awe of them all! And how we enjoyed hearing their stories.
They loved how the dolphins were so cute and looked so happy – almost as if they were smiling – and they were so excited to pat them. They touched manta rays and thought they felt soft and like velvet. They were fascinated by the Orca whale show – how the trainers communicated with the whales through hand signals and how the whales responded to their commands. They saw a sea turtle movie about all the dangers they face and thought it was amazing that they can survive. But nothing seemed to capture their imagination and excitement quite like the sea lion that was sleeping and when he was awakened by another, it made him mad and they started wrestling! Oh, to have the enthusiasm of a child for God’s creations.
Such amazing beings with all their uniqueness created and sustained by our amazing God! How grateful we are that the boys got to experience and enjoy the “works of His hands”.
If our God can create and have dominion over all of these, we can only imagine what He can do for us. What confidence and hope we can have that He will sustain us with His grace. May we give Him our most reverent praise, love, and gratitude.
Dear God, with what wisdom, power, and glory you created our world and with what love and care you sustain it. May we never take its beauty and mystery for granted; nor the gift of life itself. We give you all honor and praise. Amen