Red Tide

We’re currently vacationing on the Florida gulf coast and experienced first hand the effects of red tide. Red tide is a rapid accumulation or bloom of toxic red algae. Karenia brevis (for my scientific readership) builds ups quickly and becomes dense. sea-970483_640The effects of it are fish and plant starvation, not only from the toxins, but also from oxygen depletion. In humans, red tide is potentially harmful to our respiratory systems and produces eye irritation. As we walked the beach, the vast numbers of dead fish that had washed up on shore stunned us. How like sin. Sin permeates our very being, and is capable of choking the life out of us when allowed to continue unchecked. Thankfully, God rescues us and provides an answer to the dilemma of human sin through Jesus Christ. “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” (Ephesians 1:7, NIV)

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