Friday, April 25, 2008

God’s Sea World

I happened to be at Sea World in Orlando today and was able to catch the killer whale show titled "Believe". It was a terrific show with wonderful divers sharing the big pool with the magnificent and talented Orca Whales. As I watched the show, it was an awesome opportunity to marvel at God’s creative magic, as I visually took in the wondrous evidence of His creative powers!

Seated at the very top row of the stadium, I was able to take in not only the whales and performers, but the entire packed crowd in the stadium as well. As I canvassed the scene, my thoughts drifted to the reality that the one true God of the Bible created every living thing that my eyes could survey. The beauty and majesty of these huge and beautiful black and white creatures; the earnestness and enthusiasm of the people watching the show, the talent and passion of the divers and performers who were swimming and co-mingling with the whales. Even the tiny little birds that perched at the edges of the whale tank looking to steal a fish or two for their patience. Our Lord God made them all through the hand of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is how God's Bible explains it:
And evening passed and morning came, marking the fourth day. Then God said, “Let the waters swarm with fish and other life. Let the skies be filled with birds of every kind.” So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that scurries and swarms in the water, and every sort of bird—each producing offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good. Then God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply. Let the fish fill the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.” And evening passed and morning came, marking the fifth day. Then God said, “Let the earth produce every sort of animal, each producing offspring of the same kind—livestock, small animals that scurry along the ground, and wild animals.” And that is what happened. God made all sorts of wild animals, livestock, and small animals, each able to produce offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.” (Genesis 1:19-26 NLT)
The whole Sea World spectacle that I experienced today encompassed everything captured in that Bible verse above. The great killer Whales, the fragile little Birds, the enthusiastic and talented human beings, the beautiful sunshine that bathed us all. This was not a creation of some Big Bang theory or some great explosion that somehow “evolved” into what we were witnessing today. This was the Hand of a Creator! This was the Hand of someone greater than ourselves! Someone who at the very least is worthy of a little acknowledgement!

As I watched the show and thought of our Lord, I was saddened by the fact that all of the announcements and video accompaniments of the “Believe” program was extolling the virtues of our earth… “Mother Earth” they called it; but without any acknowledgement of the creator who made this whole exercise possible. Now I am not delusional to have expected any public acknowledgement of God in this program, but it sure would have been nice. Believe indeed! Believe in the One who created all of the performers and all of the audience in this “Believe” program.

1 comment:

Lisa said...

Shaw,

As one who sat with you today at Sea World, it's amazing to read this and to know that our thoughts were so similiar! I suppose 18 years of marriage will do that (smile). This message is so well said that there is nothing more for me to say!

GOD IS IN CONTROL! HE IS WORTHY OF OUR ADMIRATION, LOVE, WORSHIP AND OBEDIENCE. May the world come to worship the CREATOR and not the created.

Lovingly,
Your Wife

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