Great and Mighty Things

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I waited for the perfect day to follow a trail down to one of my favourite places. That day came this week. I love this spot by the Kootenay River on a cool still autumn morning. I didn’t want to leave.

It doesn’t always look like this. Some days low grey clouds hide the mountains and barren trees bend in cold wind. Some days deep snow can block the roads or combined heavy rain and churning dirty meltwater can flood the river valley. On those days we enjoy the warmth of a fireplace and the benefits of clean hot water in the bathtub and computer networks that allow us to get our work done.

Sometimes leaving the comfort of home feels scary, especially in the autumn when bears are desperate to put on weight before hibernation. We don’t see them every day, but simply knowing that they are out there is often enough to keep people at home.

Leaving the confines of the familiar requires courage.

I’m doing something I haven’t done before. I am aware circumstances can change suddenly and that there are territorial threats out there. What if I make a mistake? What if I’m wrong? What if I wander into something I can’t handle? Maybe I should just go back to doing what I have always done in the confines of structures that tell me what to think and how to feel. Maybe I should be content with listening to experts tell me who God is to them and what they require of me to fit in.

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But what if I miss seeing his majesty for myself? What if playing it safe means missing moments like this moment down by the river? What if staying behind locked steel doors means I miss the spiritual equivalent of this view, this peace, this sense of his presence?

Faith, like a seed, ventures to grow. And today conditions are perfect.

Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.

(Jeremiah 33:3)

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5 thoughts on “Great and Mighty Things

  1. Charis, it is understandable why you make the effort to go to your favorite place. It is easy to stay with the routine and miss the spectacular! Thank you for sharing and venturing out despite the bears! Blessings!

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    1. Hazel, when I finally came home I noticed a friend’s Facebook post. It was a photo of a bear trap environmental officers set up on their property very close to this spot. There’s lots of game in this area, so there will be bears – and perhaps cougars, coyotes and wolves. I play music loudly on my cellphone and watch for signs when I am alone, but so far I’ve only heard, smelled, or seen a bear close by while I was out on my own three times in thirty two years of living here. That’s 29 years when I haven’t. You probably see more in Alaska.

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  2. I know part of your soul. The part that needs to see the Creator in His glory and feeds the soul. That is also my happiest place. I’m glad you’re brave enough to venture out to enjoy it despite the dangers of wildlife. Your photos are stunning! And they will remind you on those days when you’re locked in of how you felt on that day. Enjoy this spectacular fall!
    Blessings to you.

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