Today was the team’s last full day in Alaska. As you might have guessed, we saw a whale! Actually we saw a momma whale and her calf. They got so close to the boat that we were on that we could almost see the momma’s entire body. However, as those of you who have ever been whale watching may know, no one had their cameras ready when they surfaced that close to us so I can’t prove it. I hope that you all can forgive me for not getting that picture. As we learned in VBS this week, God has the power to forgive! So if you find yourself having a hard time forgiving me, just ask God for some help. Here is a picture of one of the whale tails that we saw today.
As we were sitting there waiting for the whales to surface, our Captin was trying to lighten the mood. He told us that this is the part that the website doesn’t tell you about, this is the more common past time, that we like to call, whale waiting. We all gave a little chuckle, while secretly wanting to throw him overboard for not being able to bring the whales back. As I thought about this for the rest of the day, it reminded me of our relationship with God. Much like when we are waiting for a sign from God, or waiting for an answer to a prayer, we get a little restless, and when he doesn’t conform to our time line we get a little grumpy. Rather than waiting for God to answer in His time, like waiting for the whales to surface on thier time, we start to blame others, and get impatient. Then when the time is right, God shows Himself in all His glory, much like the whales today, on our tour.
So the next time that you find yourself feeling restless, or impatient, just remember that the hardest part of talking to God is waiting for an answer, but let me tell you, it is well worth the wait!