The Ocean Protector
“Someone is looking after me. It’s a miracle.“Those are the words of three-time world champion Mick Fanning after he was attacked from behind while waiting to catch a wave on his board in South Africa’s J-Bay Open Surfing championship in South Africa. The video of the initial attack and his disappearance under the water, the horror when a wave obscured the second attack, and then the live feed of Fanning trying to swim away without his board expecting a third assault by the Great White made “Jaws” into a reality TV show for the world to watch.
Old Testament Israelites would not have joined Fanning in the ocean. For them it was the “deep,” the place of dangerous chaos and death, and yet the priestly worship leader in Old Israel knew who was strong enough to protect and give life even when a monster rises from the depths. Repeatedly in Psalm 135 he calls us to “”Praise the LORD” and one of the strong reasons he gives is that our Creator is stronger than all other supernatural forces and even the powers that can rise up from the deep.
“For I know that the LORD is great—yes, greater than all gods.
The LORD does everything He pleases, in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all the depths.” Psalm 135:5-6
Why the LORD allows the chaos, blood, and horror to often win in the ocean as indicated by other shark attacks this summer is not fully answered in His Word. But God does tell us that He knows the day of our birth and the day of our death, and when we do survive an attack from a shark, we can know for certain the name of the “someone” who kept us safe.
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