God’s anazing manatees …

God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature so they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle.” Genesis 1:36

Another jewel in the Florida State Park system is Blue Springs Park with the largest natural spring on the St. Johns River. The park is popular from November through March as the manatees find refuge in the warm water. I was fortunate to see over fifty of these large animals in shallow water, watching them flip their relatively small fins to navigate toward the natural spring. I patiently waited for one to surface long enough to take get a picture of their noses above water grabbing for a breath of air.

The manatee (also known as a sea cow) can grow to be 13 feet long and nearly 1300 pounds. They are far from God’s most beautiful creatures (in my opinion), but these mammals are amazing to watch as they gracefully paddle under the surface of the water alongside other manatees.

God created animals and put them in the care of humans. Some wise forefathers established the park systems in our cities, counties, states, and nation for humans and animals to enjoy. The management of this park controls the vehicles going in and out because of limited parking space. It was worth the half hour wait to get through the gate.

Thank you, Father, for finding joy in observing the fish and mammals of the sea. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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