Ocean Treasures

Our oceans are full of our Creator’s treasures! Jewels of the sea I call them. I love shells! Who doesn’t? Many unique shapes, colors, sizes with each having its own purpose. Our Creator is so awesome! By studying shells you can see how precise and attention to detail he is. 

Cockle shell

I usually find an occasional shell while walking the beach. But on several occasions, I was able to see my Creator’s work as far as I could see! It was truly a magnificent sight. When I stumbled on the scene my jaw just dropped. The scene before me was full of conk shells, scallops, Cockle, Atlantic Triton, Conches.

Shells as far as you can see! Portsmouth Island

Did you know that North Carolina was the first state to designate a state seashell, and the Scotch bonnet was selected in 1965 to honor our Scottish ancestors.

Just south of Ocracoke Island is Portsmouth Island. You can find many shells here as the island is uninhabited. You can only get to the island with a 45-minute ferry ride, and you’ll need a 4WD to get around. https://thetrippylife.com/

My three days of collecting!

I spent three days collecting shells and taking pictures. The beach was full of shells randomly grouped. Many had just washed up on the beach and were still glistening wet. I saw shells tumbling in the surf. I saw shells that had  tumbled in the ocean for a long period of time and their once bright colors were now muted and soft. I found small, delicate shells that I was surprised had survived intact in the roaring, rough ocean. As I walked along the beach, my Creator had created small vignettes of shells and other treasures from the ocean. Each vignette reminded me how glorious My Heavenly Father is!

Looks lake a desert scene but the beach!
God’s miracle!

Shells can be found on both the sound and ocean side of Shackleford Banks, I found larger shells on the ocean side. I was fortunate enough to have gone after a storm where the ocean island is a great spot to find some of the rarer shells like scotch bonnets and sand dollars. Best Shelling Beaches Along North Carolina’s Outer Banks

Random shells..

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Psalm 19:1.

Shells sometimes make it to the dunes. Portsmouth Island
Beautiful tones created by my Creator!

The author couldn’t have said it better…

God has surrounded us with nature’s beautiful scenery to attract and interest the mind. It is His design that we should associate the glories of nature with His character. If we faithfully study the book of nature, we shall find it a fruitful source for contemplating the infinite love and power of God.. (My Life Today, White, page 294)

The caves of the sea and the depths of the earth reveal His treasures. He who placed the pearls in the ocean and the amethyst and the chrysolite among the rocks is a lover of the beautiful. The sun rising in the heavens is the representative of Him who is the light and life of all that He has made. All the brightness and beauty that adorn the earth and light up the heavens speak of God. (My Life Today, White, The Beauties of Nature, June 20)

The heavens and earth with their treasures are to teach the lessons of God’s love, care and power.(MS 96, 1899, White)

Shells upon shells on a carpet of sand.

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