Last week I shared 20+ of my favorite photos from the Na Pali Coast, but today
I want to share my whale tale (although this tail was taken by my son, Mike). Every time we go to Hawaii, I scan the sea for signs of whales, and I’ve always wanted to go whale watching, because from the shoreline, the whales are usually way out in the distance
and all you can see is s puff of spray to let you know they’re there.While on the Blue Dolphin Charter tour up Kauai’s Na Pali coast,
we saw tons of whales. Literally! Well, we saw 12-20, but an adult whale is 39-52 feet long and weighs about 79,000 pounds, so each whale we saw was up to 40 tons of whale, right? 🙂 Our captain pointed out that the humpback whales in the Pacific
are really Hawaiian citizens, since they give birth here and just migrate north
(about 8,000 miles to Alaska or other Arctic waters) for the summers. After the mother gives birth, she feeds her calf milk,
and he can gain up to 150-180 pounds each day. I can’t even imagine that much growth, can you? Although boats aren’t allowed to come within 130 yards of a whale, whales aren’t held to the same high standard,
and if they want to come close to explore, they will. On our trip, a whale and her calf surfaced within 15 yards of our boat (closest siting the Blue Dolphin II had seen all year). Of course, it all happened so fast that it was hard to get in position and focused at the right place and the right moment, but I was able to snap a few photos before they breached and dived. I’ve had a lot of fun thinking about spiritual parallels since.
Here are a few thoughts:*Jesus came to earth (“Alaska’s frozen shores”…no offense, Alaskans. Alaska is also beautiful, just like this earth, but it’s cold compared to Hawaii!), but He was from heaven (Hawaiian/heavenly citizenship) and returned to heaven. Believers also have a heavenly citizenship due to our spiritual birth and will join him in heaven again. “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body” (Philippians 3:20-21, NIV). *Jesus was the ultimate whale calf. He knew the scripture. He not only absorbed the scripture, He was the Word made flesh. “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).*We can become spiritual giants (like the humpback whales) too, if we’ll only drink in the Word. Humpbacks grow for 10 years. Have you stopped feeding on the Word? We can grow our entire lives if we will! “They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing” (Psalm 92:14). *Just like the whales in the sea, Jesus is always there whether or not He’s obvious. “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else” (Isaiah 45:22). *We strain our eyes to catch a glimpse, but we don’t often see Him close up! “Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:7-9). *But, sometimes He appears right beside us, and when He does, what a thrill! Those wonderful spiritual experiences remain with us throughout our lives. “Your eyes will behold the king in his beauty; they will see a land that stretches afar” (Isaiah 33:17).