By Karen O’Connor:
One of my favorite things to do on a day off is to find God in the animals at the Monterey Bay Aquarium with my grandson Miles. As we make our way from one exhibit to another it’s easy to see God’s imprint on these unique and beautiful creatures of the sea, especially our favorite—the sea otter.
Abby is a new addition to the otter family, after having been stranded on Jalama Beach in northern Santa Barbara County five years ago. Since then she has matured and is now an adult being trained to be a surrogate mother and companion to other rescued pups before they are returned to the wild.
Miles and I, like other visitors to the aquarium, enjoy watching Abby play with kelp and eat frozen treats. But as I observe her antics and those of her furry friends and then read about the role she plays with displaced otters, I am reminded of how God provides for displaced persons too.
The Lord protects and preserves the strangers and temporary residents,
He upholds the fatherless and the widow and sets them upright,
but the way of the wicked He makes crooked (turns upside down
and brings to ruin). (Psalm 146:9 Amplified Bible).
If God provides protection and care for the animals of his kingdom, consider how much more he will look out for his people. From the odd-looking ocean sunfish to the great white shark, from the orphan to the widow, God is there. And that’s why I cannot help but find God, even at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Enjoy this informative YouTube video featuring that aquarium, including the sea otter exhibit and the sunfish display:
©Karen O’Connor. Karen is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to the Finding God Daily blog. Visit Karen on the web at www.karenoconnor.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/karen.p.oconnor or follow on Twitter @karenoconnor .