Shannon, Lexie and I went to see this Disney-driven, G-rated flick last night [at Lexie’s persistence] and it was very compelling! The videography was rich and crisp, the variety of marine life amazing, and the overall pace of the storyline [it was basically a documentary] was manageable. There was something weird about 007 [Pierce Brosnan] handling the narration…
In between the occasional nod-offs [it did bog down a couple of times!], here’s what was bouncing around in my head…
…God’s creativity has no equal or boundaries…and He can make things stunningly attractive or U-G-L-Y. At one point during a bit on some rare African swimming beast that looks part brahma bull, part floating rhino, Lexie leaned over to me and said, “They’re hideous.”
…God’s provides every need of every living creative according to his vast, inexhaustible resources. The food chain is alive and well!
…the depths of the ocean are intense, untamed, and S-C-A-R-Y [I thought more about Jonah’s descent and how his desperate need and God’s infinite power collided (see Jonah 2:9) during his 3-day captivity].
…Why are we prone to be more enamored with creatures than the One who created them? One prominent theme throughout the film was how curious we humans are about exploring the ocean [affectionately referred to as “her” or “she”] and all of her creepy, slimy inhabitants. And the punchline [in my own words] was “we can learn a lot about ourselves by plumbing the ocean depths…and please don’t litter [one of the last scenes showed a grocery cart on the ocean floor…probably from Aldi’s!] because it’s up to us to ‘preserve’ it.”
And that’s one troubling takeaway of creation-adoring movies like this. They subtly teach us to look around us to decipher the ultimate issues within us. Conversely, the Bible calls us to trace Nemo/Shamu/Flipper and friends [and all of their uniquenesses!] back to the Creator who gives and sustains all of life. Bottom-line: ‘she’ [the ocean] and all of her occupants should point us to Him. The stunning beauty of a movie like Oceans should move us to “Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth! Say among the nations, ‘The LORD reigns! Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity.’ Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it!” -Psam 96:9-12
Other Bible insights that inform how we should engage creation:
“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.” -Genesis 1:21
“The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.” -Psalm 24:1-2
“For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.” -Romans 1:19-25
“For by him [Christ] all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” -Colossians 1:16-17