"He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted." Job 9:10And,
"Jesus did many other things as well, if every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written." John 21:25It always amazes me when the over-educated religious begin to question this or that miracle of the Bible, beginning with the six-day creation. How about the Resurrection? Hello??? It is a BOOK OF MIRACLES, from cover to cover. Either you believe God or you don't. Let's not nit pick about his Word to us. And, just how big is your God anyway? And, what is faith all about?
I you don't believe it, go find another book for your Life Manual. There's the Course In Miracles so-called, popular awhile back among some "New Agers" (now old agers), and a great influence on Oprah Winfrey. That book could stand some nit-picking. For instance, the bit claiming everything negative is an illusion (sound like Hinduism?) Tell that to victims of the Holocaust or to a raped 6 year old girl. But I don't want to do your job for you.
There are other manuals around. Go for it. I only mentioned this Course in Miracles because one of my sisters took it upon herself to pass a copy out to all the members of our family. And, I found it interesting in the above review link, that a former student of the course was involved in astral projection, as was my sister. Also, their recommended use of "Spirit Guides". I think one has presently taken over in her life. Some of us unenlightened folk refer to those as demonic spirits. And, yes, Margaret, they do exist.
Of course, the Bible uses poetic symbolism. God can be compared to a rock or a bird with protective wings, etc., but you don't need to be a Bible Scholar to figure out what that's all about. God wasn't intending to confuse, fool or hide his truth from anyone seriously seeking him. And, even without the Scriptures,
"God's invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made (not evolved by chance), so that men are without excuse." Romans 1:20 And, his righteousness is "a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: 'The righteous will live by faith.'" Romans 1:17So, it seems to me that the beautiful water lily here is saying, "Praise the Lord!"