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The Creator’s Glory Reflected Everywhere: True Treasure in the Cayman Islands

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The Cayman Islands are famous as an offshore asset haven—huge amounts of wealth are stored there. Yet their greatest treasure is not the money stashed in private accounts, it is the islands’ natural assets that reflect God’s glory. Since glorifying God is the highest function for apologetics (1 Peter 3:15a), a proper accounting of God’s creation recognizes and reports its true value.1 God’s glory includes His priceless artistry, displayed in His natural creation. This reality is regularly sung by Caymanians in their national song, “Beloved Isle Cayman”:

O’ land of soft, fresh breezes, of verdant trees so fair
With the Creator’s Glory reflected ev’rywhere.
O’ sea of palest em’rald, merging to darkest blue,
Whene’er my thoughts fly Godward, I always think of you.2

How valuable is God’s natural creation? In this money-mad world it is easy to ignore—to miss out on—the wonderful beauty of God’s creation as we pass by its big and little treasures day after day. But how can you put a fair price on the true value of such fine art assets?

Such is certainly the case with the Cayman Islands and their salty sea breezes, coastal sunrises and sunsets (mirrored across the tidal waters), sandy white beaches (visited by frigatebirds and sea turtles), tropical flora, and specialized menagerie of marine and terrestrial fauna.

The ecosystem resembles a lavishly decorated tropical home, equaling even the best creative talent displayed in the most impressive showplace decor.3 These islands’ animals are artwork in motion, displaying God’s artistry. For example, the national bird, the Cayman Islands Parrot (Amazona leucocephala caymanensis), is brilliant green with bright blue under its wings and tail, a white forehead and bill, red cheeks, and golden-yellow claws. (A variant on Cayman Brac has a maroon belly.) The Cayman Islands’ unique blend of plants, animals, and physical environment provides the viewer with an interactive exhibit of God’s glory….

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