Why are all the sharks teeth we find on the beach black or brown and not white?
That’s the question I get asked every time I take a friend on their first shark tooth expedition.
I always thought sharks teeth were black because the weathering of the waves and the churning of the ocean buffed them to a shiny black sheen before they were tossed ashore.
But actually just the opposite is true.
The open water current and waves cause abrasions and eventual destruction to the teeth. The shiny back pearls we find on the beach have been fossilized.
For this to take place, when a shark loses a tooth it must quickly fall to the ocean floor and be covered with sediment. The sediment acts as a protection from oxygen and bacteria which cause decay (just like our teeth.) Water then seeps down through the sediment and deposits various minerals into the open pore spaces of the teeth, over time giving each tooth its distinct color. This process of fossilization takes a long time, as much as 1,000 years.
Do you feel like God has deposited a dream into your heart but nothing seems to be happening with it? You’re confused as to what you’re suppose to do. You don’t know how to get things going, and all this leaves you feeling restless.
Think of yourself as a sharks tooth. Come on, use your imagination, and stick with me for a minute.
When God first plants a dream into our heart, it might be a bit fragile as yet and not ready to make it’s a shiny appearance into the world. In some instances, we may think we are ready to launch but God knows better.
If we don’t allow God to pull us down into a protective space, if we try to act out on our own, we might get tossed around by waves of disappointment and failure that threaten to destroy what we think we want to achieve.
However, if we find rest in the place God has put us, whatever job, position or circumstance we are presently in, it will allow Him to deposit the necessary minerals of truth, wisdom, and experience that build the character we need to fulfill the purposes He has set aside for us.
It’s His way of protecting us while He prepares us.
And sometimes that preparation takes years to complete. But, God has a plan meant just for you and me.
Restless? Then, rest my friend.
Rest in His mighty hands. As 1 Peter 5:6, reminds us, “So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time He will lift you up in honor.” NLT
I’m waiting. I’m resting while God deposits what He needs to in me. And I must be getting close to ready because by numerical years, I’m approaching fossilization!
Oh, but when the time is right and the work is done, He will open the doors of opportunity and fulfill the dreams He’s planted in your heart and mine. He will throw us up on shore to shine to for Him. A beacon for the world to see. And won’t that be grand!