I’m sure that John was not just a little overwhelmed. He compares what he sees with what’s familiar to him. He constantly describes what he sees as “It was like ….” and “It had the appearance of ….”
I’m grateful for John’s descriptions. But it’s difficult to imagine creatures that John describes in today’s Bible reading. I’ve never seen creatures that look like that. Ever. I guess the closest I’ve seen is the characters portrayed in the film version of The Chronicles of Narnia or The Lord of the Rings. Of course, those characters are fictional.
But just because I’ve never seen the creatures John describes, or just because I can’t imagine them doesn’t mean they don’t exist. I’m sure there are lots of creatures that exist that I’ve never seen before. Occasionally, we’ll see pictures in the news of a newly-discovered creature found in some remote jungle or ocean trench.
Today’s reading is another reminder that God is immensely creative. And I’m not.
Whereas we (I) tend to get caught up with trying to visualize John’s description, John just gives the description and says that the creature worshipped its Creator. Regardless of what a creature looks like, a day will come when that creature — every creature — will bow to worship its Creator.
Every one of us will bow before our Creator. We can choose to bow and worship Him now — and get to know Him and enjoy Him now! — or we will bow reluctantly later. But we will all bow before Him and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:10–11)