A Whale of a Tail
Posted on January 9, 2020 by Catey Stover in Victory Call
“How many are your works, O 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.” Psalm 104:24-35
Recently I was in Cape Cod on vacation and was able to go out on a Whale Watch. It wasn’t my first trip out, and probably won’t be my last time to go whale watching. I was again not disappointed as the whales played and waved their tails at us like they were showing off. This time as we were coming up on different whales the guide would begin to name it or them. I looked at the lady next to me and almost in unison, we said… “How do they know their names?” As if the guide heard us he then preceded to tell us that whales are most commonly identified by their tails (the coloration of the ventral surface of their flukes). You see, whales have different tail patterns ranging from all-white to all black. A whale’s tail patterns are like human fingerprints – no whale has the exact same pattern, just like no human has the exact same fingerprint as another human. Each one is unique to the individual. All I could think of as I listened and observed each whale I was taking pictures of was – that’s just like our God that created them! How can you not believe in a God when we learn that even non-humans were each created different and unique? In Genesis, we learn the animals were named… I figure that meant – that’s a whale, that’s a raccoon, that’s a deer, etc… but now, I’m thinking they were actually named. Creation screams there is a GOD!
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” Romans 1:20
If God took so much effort to make whales different and know them by name… How exciting it is to know that that same God tells me that He knows me by name. There is nothing that escapes God’s knowledge and ability to pick me out from the rest. God doesn’t miss what is going on in my life… I am clearly identified by Him, my Creator. That is the kind of God I have looking out for me. My Creator has given me an identity from all others. Not just whales, but Humans… we are each fearfully and wonderfully made. That is the same God who is looking out and watching over you.
Scientists can follow whales as they migrate and swim the vast seas. God watches over us no matter where we are or what is going on in our lives. Because He made us, designed us, and marked us… there is no place where we are hidden from Him. I don’t know about you, but to me, that is fantastic news and news that allows me to rest in Him. I am never alone.
“If I take the wings of the dawn, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the earth; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall guide me.” Psalm 139:9-10.
Written by Lynne Jahns: Lynne is currently the Director of Barbara’s Place, the addiction recovery for women at America’s Keswick.
Think About This: “It is not the body’s posture, but the heart’s attitude that counts when we pray” -Billy Graham
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. -2 Peter 1:5-8(NIV)
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal and theological views held by America’s Keswick.