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Listen while you read: "Jesus Stand Among Us"1 (Lyrics)
Psalm 104:24-28 – O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Yonder is the sea, great and wide, creeping things innumerable are there, living things both small and great. There go the ships, and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it. These all look to you to give them their food in due season; when you give to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are filled with good things. (NRSV)
Picture a 12-kilometre (7-mile) hike with a 300-metre (1000-foot) drop from start to ocean. It's labelled difficult, and that means for seasoned hikers. Try it with all the camping gear necessary for mom and dad and three kids all under ten. Add in rocky terrain, swamp, and a stretch inhabited by snakes, and you can imagine the "fun" that this family of five had on a blistering hot summer day in Highlands National Park in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Fisherman's Cove is not meant for the weak of heart or body. Besides my large backpack, I carried our youngest for the last couple of kilometres, made necessary by those aforementioned snakes. She also didn't much care for the mounds of droppings from the deer or the more unpleasant piles from the moose either. Yes, it took hours, and the chorus, "Are we there yet?" became louder the farther we went, until …
… until the last zig and zag of the trail brought us to an amazing cove with cliffs on three sides and an opening from the cove to the sea. To our amazement, there was a pod of whales singing to one another and listening to their own echoes off the cliff walls.
Five tiny human beings sank to the ground and listened for an hour without anyone daring to move.
Our evening devotional was simply a sharing of the astounding experience of God's creation, the wonder of the world, and the diversity of life around us.
What wonder awaits in the world around you?
Prayer: O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth! Amen.
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Awe-some devotion!! Thanks.
Thank you for sharing this amazing experience.
Good morning Kenn. Loved the visuals. Must have been some time ago.
Thanks for sharing your family adventure with us! To God be the glory! Blessings.
Wonderful. I learned so much from this – the beauty of God’s creation – but much much more. Thank you.
Well you got me at the snakes, thus Fisherman’s Cove is a wonder l will choose to live without. But, indeed, how true it is, God’s wonders are everywhere for those who choose to see.
What a lovely picturesque vision you enabled me to enjoy through your devotional today. It made me long for my true home once again, … heaven.
Brave family. This hike is on my list. Not that I’m keen on snakes! The west coast trail had this “fall on your knees and praise” effect on me.
Words like majesty and glory take on new meaning. Thanks for sharing. We live in God’s world, don’t we?
What a story pointing out God’s creation, to his honor and glory. Your writing drew me right in to the Fisherman’s Cove. And, the singing whales!
All thanks and praise to our Lord God Almighty. Thank you.
You paint with words, Ken and today was just such a mural with descriptions in all the corners of this superb reminder of the world God has painted for us to enjoy. Everything about your surroundings and your dear family just sang to my heart. Thank you!
The singing of the whales must have sounded like the angels of heaven.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful experience.
Very good devotional. Different people see God’s hand in different things. I like birds and when I see some of them I marvel at the way they were created.
Thank you for writing.