Dandelions and lightening bugs.
Swinging on the front porch until dark.
Tackling an ice cream cone before it drips over your fingers.
I. Love. Summer.
And I love the beach. Some folks dislike the combination of heat, sand, and grittiness, but I’ve always thought it a magical place.
The seaside inspires me and makes me feel more alive.
I also like our occasional trip to an aquarium off the North Carolina coast. We catch a ferry ride and escape the mainland as the salt air and sea-spray wash over us. The sun paints our skin with a touch of pink (or red, who cares?) Ah, bliss.
Now, there are two ways to enjoy a visit to an aquarium.
One—with little ones. Seeing the undersea world through little eyes is fascinating, if you can keep up. Children tend to bounce from one exhibit to another in seconds. It’s, um, an adventure.
And two—as an adult, with another adult.
My friend Holly and I enjoyed such a visit years ago. We ambled through each exhibit and focused on every creature. I don’t know how many hours we played at the aquarium that day, but it was amazing.
My favorite sea creature? The seahorse. To me, this creation is beyond fascinating.
I mean, look at it. It’s a horse. Under the water.
I could sit and watch seahorses for hours. What was God thinking when He designed them? What an awesome, funny, unique, hilarious thing to create.
And they fill me with awe of their Creator.
God could have created only a dozen or so animals with varying characteristics. We would never have known the difference.
But with the spoken word, His Word, He designed an endless array of creatures that mankind is still discovering. In fact, there are 53 species of seahorses alone.
How He must laugh and smile when we take joy in His creation! How He must thrill when we notice a touch of detail and pause to give Him glory.
Watching the seahorses tells me that God is an artist.
That He sketches with incredible words of detail and finesse.
In Genesis, when God was painting with words, He would pause and declare that it was good. He took delight in His works—because they were extraordinary expressions of His boundless glory.
Psalm 104:31 (NLT) reads, May the glory of the Lord continue forever! The Lord takes pleasure in all he has made!
God took great pleasure in the design and creation of the seahorse.
And He took great pleasure in the design and creation of you and me. In fact, we are the crowning glory of the Father’s creation. How cool is that?
Keeping a Jesus heart in this crazy world is more than possible—as long as we hold on to this:
We were created for His pleasure,
To bring Him glory.
Welcome to sweet, sweet summertime. 🙂
Of God’s unique animal creations, which ones fill you with awe? Which ones make you laugh?
Have a blessed week!
Leigh Ann 🙂
(Photos from morguefile.com)