What amazing glory lies hidden in the depths of the oceans and seas! The common traverser of earth remains ignorant of this amazing unexplored world. It takes someone willing and trained to dive into the watery depths to observe the beauty that lies below. Those of us on dry land only share in the sight of its magnificence because of the mercy and work of another who has uncovered and brought back the mysteries of this underwater world.
I will always remember the time our family visited Underwater World in Maroochydore, Australia. My son Gideon was captured by the stunning beauty of the many kinds of fish and sea creatures we observed. There was such a broad spectrum of effervescent and florescent colours, such a plethora of awe-inspiring patterns. My son was only six and so everything he saw was breathtaking. He was so full of joy––not just happiness, but inward joy. During the visit he said, “If anyone says there is no God, I will tell them: ‘Look at the fishes.’” He left the aquarium visit exclaiming, “God is so awesome!” There in the middle of a small sampling of the “swarms of living creatures,” we were filled with a new sense of worship at the splendour of God. It is amazing that many people miss it.
This is why Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3, NIV). A little child sees things with fresh eyes; everything is new to them and their hearts are very tender. As we become older we develop the “been there; done that” mentality. This type of thinking robs us of true worship and joy. To my son, everything he saw was new and exciting, and it was all a witness of the glory of God.
Prayer: Father, give me child-like eyes again, eyes that see your wonder and glory.