The water was crystal clear. A beautiful blue-green color. Amazing sea-life teemed just below the surface. We donned our snorkel gear and slipped into the sheltered cove.
Floating on the surface of the water, we peered to the right and to the left. There were tropical fish everywhere. Some large and colorful. Others monochromatic and slender. When combined with the brightly colored coral, 'other-worldly' was the description that came to mind. The beauty that surrounded us was simply amazing. The fish were absolutely spectacular. But they were merely an added bonus. We had been told that this was the spot to see some phenomenal sea-dwellers. After several minutes of patiently searching, we saw them.
Sea turtles. Dubbed 'honu' by the Hawaiians, these majestic creatures were swimming up from the ocean floor for a breath of fresh air. It was all I could do to steady my disposable, underwater camera for a shot of these incredible animals. Swimming effortlessly through the water, these enormous reptiles were not the least bit shy. Used to the many snorkelers exploring their habitat, they would swim within a few feet of us. Our patience paid off, not only did we spot the sea turtles, we were also able to swim with them. What an unforgettable experience!
Creation is a megaphone of sorts, that calls attention to the glory of God. The book of Revelation is quick to proclaim, "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created" (Revelation 4:11, KJV). The beauty and majesty of the Hawaiian cove we explored at Napili Point was as close to 'perfection' as anything I could remember. It reminded me of the perfection of God's Word.
David outlines God's perfect word in the nineteenth Psalm, "The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether" (7-9). What rich reward is promised for those who hunger and thirst after His Word, "More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb" (Psalm 19:10)!
Having the opportunity to swim with some of the sea creatures God has created was truly sensational, but dulls in comparison to learning at the feet of my Lord and Master, Jesus Christ. My God is alive and active and is described as "a rewarder of them that diligently seek him" (Hebrews 11:6b). Imagine being rewarded by the God of the universe! Being invited to know Him more! If you're adventurous, and looking for an unforgettable experience, dive into the pages of God's Word and get to know your Creator!
Has God used His creation to draw your attention to Him? I'd love to hear about it!