A seal on land is a clumsy thing, right? Everything about them is designed to work in water. On land they tend to shuffle about awkwardly. Just look at this poor fellow...
That is you and me on this earth. We are spiritual beings who happen to live in earth-suits. When we don’t know this, we go about thinking that the earth-suit is as good as it gets. We are like seals, shuffling about – super-vulnerable should some igloo-dweller decide he’d like to have seal meat for supper.
But when you put a seal in the right environment – in the water, he becomes the most graceful, quick moving creature because everything about him is designed to thrive in water.
When we get around God, He makes our spirits come alive and when we live according to that life, we are like seals in water.
If you take something that is meant to live in water and put it on dry land for a while, a few significant things happen:
1. It becomes vulnerable. A seal on land is way easier to bop on the head than in water.
2. It loses its color. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve brought home a rock or a shell from the beach, only to be disappointed when the colder fades.
3. It becomes a dried out, crusty version of what it is meant to be.
It’s the same with us. We are first and foremost creatures of Spirit. We were designed for His presence. If we live thinking the physical is all there is, we are vulnerable, colorless, dried out versions of our true selves. But when we live according to the Spirit, we get to do life with the One who knows us best and loves us completely. Life becomes an adventure in full color.
If you find yourself struggling today, maybe it's time to dive back into the environment He created you for - His presence!
God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.
Dianne J. Wilson writes novels from her hometown in East London, South Africa, where she lives with her husband and three daughters. She is writing a three book YA series, Spirit Walker, with Pelican / Harbourlight. Affinity (book 1), releases on the 8th of June 2018.