I saw God today, in a starfish.
Not an actual starfish, one buried deep in a book.
In Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s book, Gift from the Sea, Anne describes a starfish and its ability to re-grow a limb after losing one. She compares parting with friends or loved ones to the pain of an amputation.
“Parting is inevitably painful, even for a short time. It is like an amputation, I feel. A limb is being torn off, without which I shall be unable to function…”
Her words stuck with me, as we prepared to say goodbye to family after a long visit with them this summer. Goodbye does feel like an amputation. It is very painful in the moment. Gratefully though that moment does not end there. After awhile we again find our natural rhythm and find our life has grown back around us once more.
God created the starfish with this amazing ability for re-growth and wholeness and He is that for us as well, taking those missing or broken pieces and making us whole.
“…Life rushes back into the void, richer, more vivid, fuller than before. It is as if in parting one did actually lose an arm. And then, like the star-fish, one grows it anew; one is whole again…”
Is there an area in your life that God is making whole?