There are three things that are too amazing for me, four that I do not understand: the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a young woman. – Proverbs 30:16.
This is a fitting last passage to cover in proverbs. The statement “too amazing for me” sums up much of my journey so far on my float through the bible and the experiences I have had along the way. I just returned from a seven week adventure leading students on a study abroad in Ghana. It was an amazing experience of learning and growth for both myself and the students.
This passage uses the same rhetorical device as yesterday’s post. I am not sure I understand it any more here. Three things that are amazing and four that the author does not understand. I guess the “way of a man with a young woman” is not amazing, but it is difficult to understand.
The first three items are a commentary on the amazing nature of creation and the world around us in general. Water comes in with the “ships on the high seas”. I find the movement and behavior of water amazing under most conditions, but there is something awe inspiring about looking out upon the seas and the vast expanse of water.
I guess trying to wrap one’s brain around the amount of water in the ocean and how it moves is a bit like trying to know and understand the ways of God. The seas, and God, are simply too big for our souls to take in from the perspective we have here on earth. I am thankful that God chose to come here Himself to help us fathom the width and depth of His love for us.
Prayer: God you are truly “too amazing for me”. Thank You for making yourself knowable and fathomable.