When you think of the water teeming with living creatures (Gen. 1:20), what comes to mind? Salmon leaping waterfalls on their way upstream? Fishing for rainbow trout or bass in a mountain lake? Oceans filled with schools of silvery fish, octopus, sharks, whales, and dolphins?
Perhaps the most colorful abundance of water creatures is found in coral reefs. Orange and white clown fish made popular through the movie Finding Nemo. Speckled lion fish or translucent angel fish. Eels, rays, starfish, and sea horses intermingle with the zebra-striped, blue, yellow, red, and multi-colored tiny fish that dart in and out of the living reef, sea urchins, and sea anenomies. The vibrant colors and boundless creativity attract thousands of snorkelers and scuba divers who want an up-close glimpse of this underwater world.
Could God have made just a few varieties of fish or stuck to a limited palate of color? Sure, but why would He? I like to think of God exploding with an abundance of ideas just waiting for expression. That He created this enormous variety for the sheer joy of it.
“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 people are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20 NIV)
Creation declares the boundless creativity and extravagance of the Creator.
What about you? Have you ever seen a reef in person or only the faded duplication found in acquariums? If you were to design a fish, what would it look like?