The first line of my first devotional yesterday set me off:
“It’s 2 a.m. when Nadia, a farmer of sea cucumbers….”
What the heck is a sea cucumber? I had to find out before I could keep reading.
Once my curiosity was satisfied, I moved back into my morning quiet time with God. As I opened Psalm 104, I was still thinking of all of the beautiful, crazy-looking sea creatures that I’d run across in just those few minutes of Googling around—shrimp, jelly fish, sea horses, stingrays, and that adorable blobfish…every one of them unique.
Psalm 104:24: “O Lord, what a variety of things you have made! In wisdom you have made them all. The earth is full of your creatures.”
The entirety of Psalm 104 is the perfect day-starter. Walking through God’s creation with praise and gratitude for this incredible world can’t help but lift one’s spirits. The simple act of raising my head and looking out my window, regardless of the view, makes me catch my breath at the beauty of it all. Especially now.
To see winter turning into spring. To know that summer is right around the corner. To use technology to watch creatures that fill the oceans and distant lands…and my granddog and his family just 10 miles away. To hear the birds, the frogs, the wind, and the occasional voice or vehicle. To sit outside or online with a friend, perfectly content in our “social distancing,” still able to connect in all of the important ways. To feel the warmth of the sun on my face…and to give thanks for even the raccoon eyes that appeared by day’s end.
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I took a selfie of those raccoon eyes, but the wrinkles on my forehead and age spots on my cheeks stole my attention and caused me to quickly delete it. My own “end of life look” makes me think of sea cucumbers again….
Father, thank You for this beautiful world and for all of the time You’ve allowed me to be in it– lumps, bumps and all.
Thank You for sea cucumbers, and for the raccoon eyes and wrinkles that remind me how blessed I am to be a part of Your creation. Psalm 104 is my prayer this morning as I thank You for the psalm-writers who put their own pleas and praise into words. Their written prayers continue to bring us comfort and hope thousands of years later.
Psalm 104 makes me think of what it must have been like for You—creating all of this from nothing. What fun it must have been to imagine and bring into being each of the unique creatures that fill the earth! You’ve created us with such complexity, out of love and good humor (thinking again of the blobfish and the weathered look we humans grow into as we age). You are amazing, God, and I just have to peek out my own window to know it.
Thank You for giving me faith, Lord. Let all that I am praise You for all You’ve done and for who You are.