Seeing with the sea turtles


On my recent trip to Maui I was blessed to see these creatures of the sea–the sea turtle. Sometimes I’d spy one alone napping on an empty beach.


Sometimes I would spy a few rollicking in the waves, their heads poking above the waters for a mere second before disappearing again into the ocean.


Sometimes I would spy one bathing on the rocks of an ocean cove.


And other times I would see many huddled and resting together on rocks warmed by the tropical sun.

Whether napping as one on the empty beach, or riding with others in the waves, or huddling with many sunbathing in the coves, they seem to follow the natural order of things, I begin to see.

Rest alone, ride the waves, be with friends, let the ocean wash you up into a protected cove, let nature heal and the sun recharge you so ready to head back out into new waters, when the ocean washes over you again.

No struggle, even when tossed by the waves, and a deep knowing that the water will eventually calm and send you to the rest you need before the next adventure.

Yes, I think I can learn a lot from these sea creatures and even begin to see….

There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens. Ecclesiastes 3:1

 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint Isaiah 40:31


My blessing to you today, my friend:

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13



17 thoughts on “Seeing with the sea turtles

  1. Hi Lynn! Welcome back my friend! Your reflections on the sea turtle are really joyful and restful all at the same time. Trusting that God will lead in all phases of my life is reflected in nature everywhere, and certainly in these beautifully photographed creatures. Isn’t it amazing how God teaches through such everyday things? And you were there, open to his message. That’s really beautiful.
    Hoping that I will be willing to be tossed by the waves, trusting I will land in a protective cove,

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  2. Oh Lynn, thank you for the heart smiles! I love your photos of the sea turtles and the ocean. I had to look harder on the one photo as they blend in so well with the rocks. 🙂 I love the lesson you learned from them, too. We can learn so much from God’s creatures, can’t we? Love and hugs to you!

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  3. Lynn, You were indeed blessed to have seen so many sea turtles on your recent trip to Maui! I enjoy reading the lesson you learn as you observed them. “There is a time and season for every activity under heaven”. I like that reminder.

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  4. I’ve been SO anxious to read your next post, after your trip! I’ve come over here to check often! 🙂

    Those turtles are AMAZING creatures, aren’t they? And to be so close to them in REAL LIFE must have been a profound experience, Lynn! And as always, your beautiful parallel to their lives and our walk with the Lord and our steps along this journey are beautiful. Such a wonderful message to share. Thank you, friend!

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  5. Oh, Lynn, I LOVE these pictures! And your reminder that everything happens in its season. Learning to live with that mindset is so much easier spoken than lived out. But it’s still true. When we ride the waves of life with God, we can rest in His presence and His leading, whether it’s to a secluded beach, hanging out with friends, or adventuring out on life’s waves.

    It sounds like your time on Maui was refreshing!

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  6. Hi Lynn – Beautiful pictures! I’m glad you enjoy Maui and all the sights.

    Before having turtles as pets was banned, I had two named Siegfried and Gottfried. (I have no recollection of how I chose those names. LOL!) Another friend had a larger turtle, which lived a long time. It’s nice to see these creatures in their natural habitat. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Oh! This is my youngest son’s dream, marine biology, sea turtles, and Hawaii! 🙂

    I love how you put this. They love life….I meant to write live life, but love life works too.

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  8. ahhh what a breath of fresh air! I’ve been bogged down with lots of writing and thinking projects this was a beautiful reflection and lesson from sea turtle life, and your rest in Hawaii brings with it the glory of life in pauses and in God’s beauty and miraculous needed this today! So glad you had such a beautiful break..

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