"Consider carefully what you hear," he continued. "With the measure you use, it will be measured to you - and even more."
In a wet suit for the first time. Snug. Form fitting.
Feels like a superhero outfit . . . all I need now is a cape . . .
Sitting on a bench, waiting for the others readying for our "Journey with the Gentle Giants" at the Georgia Aquarium. Excited about this adventure into another world.
Swimming alongside manta-rays. Giant Grouper. Saw-fish. Sharks (yes, you heard me right). And, an enchanting myriad of tropical fish.
But, best of all, being in the tank with that leviathan of the sea, the Whale Shark!
Excited, yes, but, just a tad anxious . . .
Our diver guide, James, reads my expression.
"So, what made you decide to do this swim today?" He asks genially.
"My husband knows that swimming with dolphins is on my bucket list," I tell him. "Since you don't offer that here, he thought this would be the next best thing."
"It is the BEST thing," James assures me, "much more rewarding than swimming with the dolphins, if you ask me."
"Absolutely! There's nothing like it."
James pauses a moment, pondering, no doubt, what he says next.
"This might sound hokey," he begins, "but there is something . . . something spiritual in this."
My ears perk up. My eyes brighten.
Spiritual . . .
I smile at him.
"Doesn't sound hokey to me at all!" I assure him.
I take James' words to heart. I believe . . .
Our group swims leisurely, masked faces submerged.
At first, I am overwhelmed by the beauty of what I see beneath me, beside me. Close enough to touch . . .
It is an entirely alien world from anything I know. Wonder fills my heart as I watch God's amazing creatures swimming gracefully. Effortlessly. Ever in motion. Yet, never in a hurry.
The underwater silence is so profound, so enfolding, even the murmur of salt water in my ears cannot keep it at bay.
Floating on the surface, I am suddenly aware.
This is what it feels like to be weightless!
Suspended. In perfect harmony, between heaven and earth.
I am no longer a body.
I am purely a soul.
And, more is measured to me than I could have imagined . . .
Are you carefully considering what you hear, listening for God speaking to you through others?
Will you join me in prayer?
We rejoice, Father, in your awesome, indescribable creation. We give thanks especially today for the creatures who live in the seas and for the vast oceans where the leviathan sports and plays. May we be ever mindful of Your gracious hands in all Your works. Amen.
Psalms (70) 71 or 74
1 Corinthians 6:12-20