Beach Roses, Leviathans, and Other Marvels

“God does great things and unsearchable, marvelous things without number.” “He is wise in heart and mighty in strength —who has hardened himself against him, and succeeded?— he who made the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the chambers of the south; who does great things beyond searching out, and marvelous things beyond number.” “Here is the sea, great and wide, which teems with creatures innumerable, living things both small and great. There go the ships, and Leviathan, which you formed to play in it.”Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook or press down his tongue with a cord? Can you put a rope in his nose or pierce his jaw with a hook? Who can open the doors of his face? Around his teeth is terror. His back is made of rows of shields, shut up closely as with a seal. One is so near to another that no air can come between them.” Job 5:9; 9:4,9-10; 41:1-2,14-16; Psalm 104:25-26 

The wooded path opened to the broad view of coast, a panorama of beauty in the bay surrounded like a horseshoe with rocky heights. The beach was dotted, be-gardened, with sand roses, dozens of them, each one distinct, each one breath-taking, the artistry of industrious mollusks having no idea the marvel they left behind as they burrowed down.

The other day I watched a mother and baby dolphin, arcing in parallel intimacy through blue-green water, enraptured at the beauty and grace of fluid motion, delight, playful freedom, synchrony.  I read an article about a new swallowable device being developed with the capability of delivering time-released insulin injections, a capsule designed to “upright” itself in the stomach the same way an African tortoise can right itself when turned on its back. Who would imagine copying the shape of a tortoise shell to help diabetics? Our God of marvels has indeed created layer upon layer of magnificence in His vast array of things visible and invisible, revealing the infiniteness and perfection of His wisdom and love.

He not only intelligently designs, but He wondrously acts, with precision, compassion, and sovereign power. Who else could orchestrate a long-planned wedding weekend out of town to coincide with the untimely death of a friend’s teen, enabling a personal visit; or align a need in one organization with the life details of an individual in another, to meet that specific role at just the required time? The God Whose heavenly lights mark seasons and times has also measured the waters in the hollow of His hands and stayed proud waves at the border of the sea. God’s description of the leviathan, mountain goats, ostriches, horses, displays His intricate knowledge of their makeup and tendencies, and He Who knows His animal creatures knows well the heart of man. His pity for the wicked city of Ninevah includes His concern for their cattle. (Genesis 1:14-15; Isaiah 40:12; Job 38:8-12; 40:6-41:34; John 2:25; Jonah 4:11)

Keep my senses and mind sharp and discerning, O God, though they can only scratch the surface of Your marvels and the infinite love they display. Your intricate involvement in all You have made swells me with wonder and praise– may they never dwindle or be smothered by cares of this world. All glory, laud and honor be to You.

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