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Do You Sea What I Sea?

  • Genesis 1:21

    So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it wasgood.

    In the beginning God created……. Have you ever given thought to the first chapter of Genesis? How many times have you read this over your life time? I have recently revisited Genesis in researching what I needed for this story/message and it was a real wow for me. Some people say they do not understand the Bible, that it is to complicated. It has been my discovery, that if you just keep reading that God will show you what He wants you to see in His time. You might read the same chapter year after year and still not really understand it, then one day, your whole world changes and God opens your eyes to its meaning.

    Remember the story of Hagar and Ishmael in the wilderness? Abraham sends her and her son out of his camp. She journeys and runs out of water so she places her son under one of the shrubs. She sits opposite him and lifts her voice and weeps. In Genesis 21:19 says; Then GOD opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water.

    We have a new time and a new season upon us, where did all that start? All, in the beginning. We have the sun the moon and the stars, where did they start? All,in the beginning. Have you ever thought about the grass, trees, shrubs, the herbs and the funny looking plant you never saw before and wonder, where did they start? All,in the beginning. I have seen some beautiful birds on a feed called bird watching on my Facebook page. I have never seen anything like these birds. Of course they are from all over the world, but the colors, the feather design, the camouflage, the different beaks and feet are so artistically orchestrated, you have to wonder where did they start? All,in the beginning. Have you ever wondered about the reptiles, mammals, primates, cows, sheep, pigs, the giraffe, the elephant, the alligator, the boa constrictor? All, in the beginning. Have you ever looked out into a field full of nothing but wild flowers and thought to yourself how beautiful, peaceful and serene that it was to look upon and wonder, they are wild flowers, where did they get their start? All,in the beginning. The bugs, and the insects all had there start in the beginning. And God saw that it was good.

    In all these things we can see on a daily basis. Although our view of life these days is blocked by buildings, cell phones, ipads, earbuds and music. I love to see the sun coming up through my blinds, although, since the time has changed the sun has moved farther over between the buildings, but every once in a while I can see the pink clouds, which for me is an I love you from the Lord. I see pink as a love color. So when I see it on the clouds in the sky I have come to recognize this was a love note from the heart of a tender loving God to me. Sometimes it is just a brief peek in the sky, sometimes it is only in one place and as I drive on it disappears, no where else to be seen that day. But when I see it, I say thank you Lord. I can see God is in the still small whisper of things and it brings a smile to my face.

    When it is 32 degrees outside one does not think much about the beach unless you live in those areas. And it is the beach I would like to talk about now, because I am betting you do not sea what I sea. As a child my parents took us camping at the beach. I have photos of my sister and I playing in the sand, standing on the boardwalk, overlooking the sea. I have to say insome photos I did not look to happy.I have been to the beach in Connecticut, Ocean City, Maryland, the famous Ocean City Beach was only 45 minutes from where I used to live. Then there was Assateague State Park, just a turn off on your way to Ocean City. This state park had wild pony's roaming all over it. You could only visit on days when the wind was right or else you were bitten by green fly's and those little God made insects really hurt. I have been to a few beaches in Maine, but those beaches, when we went, were not for sunningyourself I can tell you that. I have not been to the beach since I have moved to Virginiatwelve years ago now. It is just to far away and I am unable to drive that far. But my favorite thing to do on the beach is walk the shore line and search for shells and drift wood. I used to always have a grocery bag with me for just such an occasion. I would then make a craft project out of them, reminding me of my visit. Have you ever really looked at the variety of sea shells you picked up? Each of those shells housed a sea creature. Each one God handcrafted, in the beginning. Each one a home for another.

    Did you know that the stars constellation are named? One is Pisces,a waterborne sign, the sign is a double fish. I was born under that sign. I adore the beach, I adore the water, the fragrance. Although I can not swim, I surround myself with thingsthat have to do with the beach, even if these days my sand comes from the Dollar Tree. Have you noticed that in Bible times they used to draw the sign of the fish in sand? Look at how many times the Lord used fish for one miracle or another. The fish Peter drew out of the water that had the coin in its mouth to pay the taxes with, I bet that fish choked a bit.

    While I was in reflection the other day in my bedroom that is all decorated in a beach theme, a thought, a question came to mind and I asked this question to my son, When you think of the beach what do you sea?” He said water. My next words were, have you ever given any thought as to what was below the water? He said, no. We see daily all that I wrote above, the stars, the moon, the herbs, grasses and animals, but you do not see the world that God created under the sea.

    Genesis 1:21

    So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

    I have been to the beach early in the morning at sunup and saw dolphins jumping out of the water. If I had not known they lived underwater, I would not have known. I have seen in documentaries the vast world of underwater life and have to reflect on how God made more than one world, the sea is a world all in itself, yet we do not see it in our everyday life, nor do we see that when we go to the beach. We see some remnants, like sea shells, or little crabs in the sand. Maybe you are one of those that have seen a beached whale or dolphin.

    There are volcanoes which have produced islands in the middle of the sea, but you would not know that unless you did some investigation or saw a program on it. You would just think it was always there. The had their roots, at the bottom of the sea and in the beginning.

    It boggles my mind as to how creative our God is, and He surely has a sense of humor when you see some of the underwater creatures. Some are microscopic. Some, like the whales are so huge you have a hard time comprehending that when they leap out of the water and splash back down. God created all things to work together, the predator and the pray, underwater is no different than on land. Each creature has a certain part to play here on this earth and under the sea. If you go sports fishing and get a sword fish on your line, that is all you see is that swordfish, you do not see all the other creatures just below the water. Now if you are in some tropical Islands where the water is so clear you can see everything from coral beds to stingrays then you have a blessed sight indeed. But how can we so easily forget about the world under the sea?

    Do you sea what I sea?

    The only times the creatures of the sea hit the media is if there is an oil spill then the focus is on that which was lost. Underwater documentaries bring this world to life. There are sunken ships, now all covered with life as the fish dart in and out of the little openings. Egyptian artifacts from sunken cities and statues can be found under the sea, a civilization long since gone. The world that God created on the 5th day was even more grand than He created on the first. He was just warming up on day one. I can visualize his paint brush, his colored clay, maybe he even had on some half glasses held around his neck by a few strands of grass, so to get at the very smallest of smallest details. I know He thoroughly enjoyed making all these things, you can tell in the beauty of it all. In the beginning God created this world, both land and sea for us. With His creations, we have wood for our fires, wood for the building of our homes, we have grasses that make good reed roofs. We have water to drink and to be refreshed with. He created the birds to sing to us in the wee hours of the morning. Why some of the sea creatures like the dolphin have learned to understand us, as too some of the primate world.

    We have so much to thank God for, all we have to do is stop and look around. And to think, to reflect on, to mediate on the fact He did this for all of us. How loved we are indeed.

    Leslie

    11/25/17


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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you for the beautiful post, Leslie, His wonders are truly everywhere <3!

November 29, 2017
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Leslie McLea
Leslie McLea

Glad you enjoyed it. Please tell Pastor, I found my way back to Word Press to the page he set  me up with several years ago now. I have posted all three of these new stories, and they self post on to FB too. I will have to find my way around again, but who knows but God where it will go. I have to find the spell check button lol. I always read my stories three to four times before posting, but sometimes something sneaks through. 

November 29, 2017
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd

You always have such pretty pictures. Glad you have your word press updated  :)

November 29, 2017
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Leslie McLea
Leslie McLea

Well thank you kindly Pastor. When I write, I search for photos that will trigger you to recall the story in which you have read. I find it helps people remember what ever it was that encouraged them in the story. My word press page was as exactly as I left it two years ago. And becasue of your help with setting it all up, the theme is still just as pleasing to me today as it was then. 

November 29, 2017
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman

Thank you for a beautiful reflection. I too have always identified with water as a peaceful refuge, from a hot bath to the quiet Sound to the roaring ocean. I am blessed to live on Long Island with the Sound less then 10 minutes north and the Bay and Ocean less then 30 minutes south. I love to go and listen to the water and walk the shore. It is indeed a time of thanksgiving. I pray that God sends you a friend who loves the ocean as much as you and can bring you on day trips to the beach.

November 29, 2017