AFTER OUR INITIAL SNAFU WITH THE SEVERED GAS LINE WAS RESOLVED, THE FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND STARTED WITH AN ENCHANTING EVENING MOTORING AROUND COMMENCEMENT BAY WATCHING A STUNNING SUNSET AND THEN MAGNIFICENT FIREWORKS WITH A BOATFUL OF FAMILY.
We headed out to Gig Harbor late the next morning and for the first time in my 62 years of life I experienced sailing. Growing up by dad had a cabin cruiser we spent spring break on every year down in Florida, but this sailing thing was something I’d never tried.
Up until this weekend we’d only motored around the Puget Sound because of the engine problems we continued to have. Now that the engine problem had been fixed for good, if there was wind, up went the sails!
As we docked in our slip at Arabella’s Marina we settled in and enjoyed a meal together in the cockpit of the boat. A small table held all the necessary items as we balanced our plates on our knees. We had to hurry with the cleanup so we could listen to Bret (Ross’s firstborn) read from “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” complete with all the voices for each character. What a treat! A part of the Holtz family legacy I’d been hearing about for the last 18 months, now I was going to experience it for myself.
Round about midnight as we listened and laughed there was a splash in the water on the starboard side of the boat. As we peered over, we saw an entire school of small fish clustered close to the surface, but there was something else out there. It wasn’t long before a harbor seal dive bombed those fish and scattered them as he found an evening treat for himself. Over and over again, we watched as the fish would reconvene right by the boat, and the seal would pop his head up and then dive into the middle of his midnight snack. After an amazing show that he seemed to be putting on just for us, he popped his head up out of the water and looked right at us. I think he just wanted to let us know he was all done for the evening, and this show had been brought to us by the Maker of Heaven and Earth.
What a treat to watch God’s creation put on a show for us…what a memory was made that night!
And it made me think about us as believers. How important sticking together as a family of Jesus followers really is. The tragedies of life, failures, abuses, the loss of a loved one, dysfunction, bad decisions and the consequences that follow, as well as the enemy’s strategies to isolate and silence us, are hard burdens to bear alone. If we are not in a healthy family, both biological and a church family of those God has called us to journey through life with, and in relationship where we’re growing in faith and God’s grace, then we’re vulnerable to enemy attacks and deception.
Together we are stronger. We hold each other up, carry one another’s burdens, laugh together, weep together, do life together… no matter what comes against us.
Just like that school of fish… there were dangers in that water, and some lost their life, but the rest continued to rally together, to stay strong, to keep going in spite of the opposition.
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. (Hebrews 3:13)
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
What an important reminder from the Lord to love and encourage one another, spur one another on, and bear each other’s burdens.
And all that from a midnight showing from God’s amazing creation.
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