Monday, March 2, 2009

guzzle it down like water

so hawaii. if you've been just raise your hand. i went to the big island city of kona. i had heard that this wasn't the best for beaches but my in-laws tried and tried to get something in maui but they just couldn't get anything for the last two weeks in feb. i have never been to hawaii in the first place so i will accept any island in the middle of the pacific. my mind kept shifting to lost, and cast away. of course i was not hoping i would be in the same situation as those individuals but rather i was hoping to get a glimpse of what it might be like on an island in the pacific without anything. i didn't know what to expect but i wanted to expect that i would be darker and more "beach bum" like when i returned. what is so appealing to me about being a beach bum? i don't know, but something attracts me to living on the edge of the ocean and having nothing in life but a board and waves. i don't live like it means that much now, but when i am there i wish, oh how i wish. i have come to realize it is more than a culture or more than a popular thing to do or someone to be it really is almost an entire race by itself. these people live and breathe salt water as though they had gills like a fish; they literally guzzle it down like water. i was able, on several occasions, to walk around by myself on the lava rocks and feel the crashing power of the waves. as you would step onto rocks, getting closer to the actual edge, little crabs would scurry under their comfortable hideaways. every time i was able to be alone i would always come back to this profound idea of how disconnected humans are from creation. i was more amazed at the people who had no idea of this amazing creation and the creator behind it. they found themselves night after night sitting on the beach around 6:15ish looking out into the open west sky and watching the sun do what it has done for thousands of years. hundreds of people on the west coast just sitting, doing nothing but gazing into the sunset. people every day would flock to the shoreline and purchase a snorkel set for so much amount of money and dive out into the water in hopes of seeing something spectacular. i did this too and observed so much below the sea line. for me the truth is that creation is fully aware of its creator and groans as paul tells us in romans for the sons of god to be revealed. all those individuals snorkeling to see underwater life, those who sit on the beach watching the sun set, those living their lives as though nothing but being in the ocean matters are all longing for a connection with something that has a full knowledge and understanding of how the world operates. all of these individuals share in common the desire to be apart of something created something beautiful and good. in many cases those individuals are closer to the truth than most men who devout their whole life to the institutionalized church. i long to be connected, i long to be apart of "sons of god" that need to be revealed. i love how god has chosen to reveal himself without words. and we always cry out for a sign to be revealed. if only nature could talk...but i tell you it does. the question we listen? 


racheljenae said...

mmmmm...I'm listening to Sigur Ros as I read this blog and it was doubly inspiring and I just realized how many times nature has completely given me a great revelation of the Lord and changed my life. Running on the back roads in Arkansas, sitting in the Sinai Desert, sitting on the beach shore in Papa New Guinea...seriously... as I learned in Israel the natural always reveals something about the spiritual.

Denise said...

That's really good, Zach. It reminds me of Psalm 19, "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their sound has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world."
We raelly do have to be intentional about being aware of his revelation through nature or we'll become blind and deaf to it. Thanks for posting this!

Lolly said...

While I was reading this I thought of the exact Psalm that Denise mentioned above! My favorite part of this Psalm is the verse that says,"There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard." For me, that kind of blows the whole "but what about the people that never hear about God" question out of the water. Hopefully no one will take that as "unevangelistic" because I still believe it telling the Good News but God is constantly trying to communicate with people everywhere through His creation.

bullets said...

yeah i was actually thinking of how deep this revelation was while listening to sigur ros too. while in hawaii.