Our God is powerful and everlasting! He is the Alpha and the Omega, the King of the Universe, the Maker of Heaven and Earth! These are just some of the titles we learned as children; however, it wasn’t until I was talking to my roommate, Bettina, that the meaning of these names really hit me!
Bettina and I had gotten into the conversation of religion and beliefs. I explained what I believe and how I don’t define myself by religion since it’s more man-made than God-centered, while she told me that she believes that there is a Go; he is just too Mighty to get close to. She also said that God was a part of the universe and was all around in nature, but not in a new age kind of way (I think).
As she said these words, I felt myself be transported back onto Dream Catcher, the whale watching boat, to observe the whales breaching and the seals playing in the water. As I watched, I felt God tell me, “I made this. This is Mine. What you are witnessing is only a portion of My wonder!”
Before, when I went on the boats, I was awestruck by the magnificence of these creatures and so caught up in the moment that it didn’t resonate with me just how incredible our God must be to have created such glorious animals! It’s a real privilege to be able to work with these animals and witness their splendor on a daily basis!
Looking at this experience as one of learning about nature and the environment is great, but once I added the element of God, everything seemed to change! I’m really thankful I took Shabbat (Saturday) to meditate and digest all of these revelations because it’s going to make this coming week even better! I’m already itching to get back out to sea and see everything again. I don’t think it’ll ever get old!
Psalm 104:24-35, “How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number— living things both large and small. There the ships go to and fro, and Leviathan, which you formed to frolic there. All creatures look to you to give them their food at the proper time. When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things. When you hide your face they are terrified; when you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust. When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground. May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works— he who looks at the earth, and it trembles, who touches the mountains, and they smoke. I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord. But may sinners vanish from the earth and the wicked be no more. Praise the Lord, my soul. Praise the Lord.“
After reading the post, please listen to this song; I think it makes what I wrote even more powerful!