Tonight, I watched a video of a woman in California who is trying to raise money for breast cancer awareness. Her best friend is suffering a difficult battle, and her mother is a survivor. In order to raise money, she entered into a paddleboard race that goes from Catalina Island to the mainland, a 40 mile race. It is normally a relay, but she got permission to do it by herself. The only woman to ever do so. She was hoping that this would give her friend inspiration to keep fighting. At 4 am that morning, her and her sister prayed to God that he would show her his beauty and creation in nature, and give her strength. Three hours into the race, she saw some strange looks on the faces of the people in the boat that follows each participant. She took out an ear piece from the iPod she was listening to, and looked over her shoulder. She saw right next to her a minke whale.
Apparently, these whales are scarce (only 500 left), and evasive. Not really people whales. But, he stayed with her for 2 hours. She says in her head her theory was that he was protecting her from a great white shark, since it was her big fear that she would run into one. But, he kept her going, she even named him Larry. And he also helped her cause, because of the video of their interaction, she raised even more money. At some points, he would almost get in her way, and instead of being frustrated she had to tell herself “how many people get to do this? enjoy this moment, enjoy this moment”.
A few minutes ago, something woke my baby (almost 2, not quite a baby anymore) up. I went into her room to find her sitting up in her crib saying mama. Where normally, I would feel around for the pacifier, lay her back down, cover her with her blankie, then leave so I could get back to the book I was reading or the show I was watching, tonight, I picked her up. We settled into the not used so much anymore rocking chair. I held her, breathed in her baby soap scent, felt her heart beat, and I told myself “how many people get to do this? Enjoy this moment, enjoy this moment”.
My God is an awesome God. We don’t always have to be down on our knees to recognize his awesomeness, sometimes we’re sitting in a rocking chair. Or standing on a paddleboard.