Can you finish the sentence: ‘Big Blue…’ (no, not sea, eyes or sky… so read on!)
After a bit of a gap (sorry), I’m back again, taking five minutes with Five Minute Friday #fmfparty friends to write unedited on a word-prompt sent out by Kate Motaung. This week’s word is BLUE. (You can join in too – here’s how.)
I’ll open with some trivia from wikipedia:
The blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is a marine mammal belonging to the baleen whales (Mysticeti). At 30 metres (98 ft) in length and 180 tonnes (200 short tons) or more in weight, it is the largest existing animal and the heaviest that has ever existed.
I came across an article about blue whales in How it works magazine a while back, amazed at trivia such as how mind-bogglingly heavy its tongue was. How beautiful. How awesome. How weird.
And while I was reading and sort of going ‘ew’, I found myself remembering a childhood song:
‘All things bright and beautiful,
all creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful
The LORD God made them all…’
20 And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” 21 So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day. (Genesis 1:20-23)
I see such amazing things on our planet, and think, ‘Oh, God is so good.’
His works point to his nature, and for me, the Blue Whale points to God’s extravagant bigness too. He makes big things so that we remember that we are small. And then, in our humility, we turn to him and worship with awe.