Seven amazing days at sea aboard a cruise to Key West and the Bahamas…
You know, the wind through your hair,
and the salt in the air…and all that…
Well, anyway, here’s the view:
Just the right spot to sit and do nothing more than listen to the whoosh whoosh of the waves as the ship cuts through the water; just close enough to notice the subtle shades of blue – first a deep royal, then sapphire, and then a light turquoise (my favorite), as each currents coiled and collided against the decks below.
Do you know the scripture that states that all of creation declares the glory of God? (Psalm 19:1). Well, now I had a front row seat to witness just that.
It is a reminder of the many references to God’s handiwork, particularly the sea, that give glory to God. Here are just some that I thought of:
“And God said, ‘Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.’ And it was so. God called the dry ground ‘land,’ and the gathered waters he called ‘seas’ And God saw that it was good”. (Genesis 1:9)
Even in calm waters, I couldn’t imagine how terrifying it must have been to be thrown overboard – like Jonah, in his rebellion, or how small Noah must have felt to be a speck in a world drowned by a flood…or think about the parting of the Red Sea, first to clear the way for Israel, then to drown their enemies.
In much the same way, even in that potential power and devastation, Jesus displayed his power to subdue nature, as shown here when he calmed the sea:
“Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, ‘Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?’ He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, ‘Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?’ They were terrified and asked each other, ‘Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!’ ” (Mark 4:35-41).
Looking over a very wide area of the gulf, I realized I was viewing much the same waters that were so turbulent during Hurricane Harvey just a year ago, and I knew it was God that kept our waters calm today.
I thought of the one who could transient any rule of nature, when He caused an ax head to float, (2 Kings 6) and He himself walked on water, (Matthew 14:22-23)
I saw life, no doubt teeming with animals and plants in an unseen world all its own. What mysteries must exist within the only planet (that we know of) that’s over 70% covered with water, 95% of which is still undiscovered? 1
And given that, isn’t it amazing that God Himself has inspired reference to the enormity of the ocean to describe His compassion and forgiveness?
“He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea”. (Micah 7:19).
Can you recall a time when nature reflected God’s glory and reminded you of His Word?