God’s Timing and a Special Boat Ride
Have you noticed God’s timing in your life? How He uses the most unexpected moments and seemingly insignificant events to excite your spirit? There are love notes from God all around us if we take the time to read them – like on a boat ride.
Recently David and I took a cruise on Lake Winnipesauke aboard The Mt. Washington, with our daughter and son-in-law. We were hesitant about taking the cruise because the sun was masked by grey clouds that morning, and we were concerned that the scenic views would be obstructed by rain or fog. But our family persuaded us to go and we’re glad we did.
David and I both love being out in nature. I especially enjoy the out-of-doors – free from walls, windows, and the staleness of indoor air. I love to look for the rainbow after a storm passes, when the sunshine reflects on the clouds; to see drops of dew on a rose, or to listen to bird songs. There is much in nature that points to an intelligent Creator – things that can’t be explained by mere chance. Such a demonstration was displayed to us on the lake cruise.
Because the sky was overcast and we were out on the water, the air felt cold; with the 16 mph speed of the boat and the chilly air, we looked for spots on a deck where we could be outdoors, but blocked from the wind. One such spot on the return trip we found on the deck immediately under the top deck; we were the only people sheltering there. At a lull in our conversation we heard the sound of baby bird cries, which came from a dark upper corner on the forward metal support beams on that deck; there we spied a nest.
The baby birds sounded unsettled and I thought they must be hungry. Half joking, I said something about a floating nest and the problem of having to time the feeding of your babies to coincide with the cruise schedule. I could not imagine the mother bird on the cruise boat leaving her young in the nest and flying out to search for food on the lake while the boat was moving. As we arrived back at the dock, I found there was no need to worry.
At the time the boat docked we were standing on the top forward deck, watching the docking process. It was then that we noticed a small bird on the dock which carried a dragonfly in its beak. It was very alert to the boat as it docked, in a nervous sort of way – flying up to perch on a dock piling, then back down to the dock, for several anxious circuits. At a certain point it dropped the dragonfly onto the dock and we noticed the “dinner” was still alive. What we assumed was the “papa” bird crunched with its beak down the length of the insects body, then re-gathered it into its beak, waiting for the right moment for food delivery.
We looked over the side of the top deck and noticed the arms of a deckhand resting on the railing of the lower deck. Apparently Daddy Bird was waiting for a safe approach to the nest. We then saw the deckhand’s arms disappear, as he withdrew to continue with his duties. At that moment the bird on the dock flew up and under the deck on which we stood, to deliver the meal to his waiting family.
It appeared he had sensed the arrival of the cruise boat and caught the dragonfly just in time for the docking. The bird also seemed to time the killing of its prey for delivery of fresh food to its young; so, “freshly prepared dragonfly” was the menu item for the Mt. Washington stowaways, Mrs. Bird and the kids!
I am always awed at God’s created world, and how creation itself speaks to us of God’s care. Matthew 86:25-26 reminds us that God provides for His children just as He provides for the birds:
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”
Much about our heavenly Father can be understood by observing His created world; as Romans 1:20 says:
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made . . . “
As I shared in a former post, The Joy of Being Out of Touch, we need to unplug from cyber world and get plugged into the “real world” – to get out in nature and discover what God is like through the powerful examples from the created order.
I’m glad we went on that cruise and had that living reminder of God, as revealed in His creation – that He will take care of my hunger: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. The timing of His surprise love notes is always perfect.
©2012, Marcy Alves
Posted on June 25, 2012, in Christian Growth, Follow Me, God Encounters, Reflections and tagged boat cruise, creation, creation and the Creator, God in nature, God the Creator, lessons from creation, lessons from nature, Mt. Washington boat cruises, the birds and the bees. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.