So here’s a great story for you...and it’s true!
Last year right around this time, my sponsor and I decided to go whale watching out of Moss Landing. We got our cameras ready and packed up our gear and headed out. We knew the whales had been running, so we were expecting to get some great photos.
It’s about a half an hour drive down there. We boarded the boat and headed out of the harbor. It was extremely foggy and overcast that morning. The boats talk to each other and tell of where the whales are feeding. All of a sudden, we heard the captain say that he got word that whales were collecting and feeding out in front of the Cement Ship in Seacliff (right in front of my house!) So, we motored for 45 minutes back in that direction on the boat toward my home.
I called my husband from the cell phone and told him to come out on the deck and wave to us! We saw many whales rolling through the water and feeding, but none breaching or lunging out of the water. Not many good photos that day from the boat, but had a wonderful time.
The next afternoon, I walked out on my deck to my surprise, there were whales breaching, lunging and feeding right in front of our house. This shot was taken from my own house with a long lens!
I was expecting to get some spectacular photo shots from the boat and didn’t get one—gifted with the best shot right from my deck the very next day. This is just an example of how miracles are right in front of us every day and we go way out of our way to chase after them when we don't have to.
So—I guess the lessons I learned here are two things:
1) not setting myself up for disappointment through high expectations
2) paying attention to what is right in front of me each moment
This is also a play off of a previous blog about “if you’re not in awe, you’re not paying attention.” We don’t have to go far out of our way to see the wonders placed before us by God.
This story made me giggle—it’s ALL right there in front of us. I was not paying attention at all while drinking. In sobriety, everything is an opportunity for wonder and growth. I love to show up now for God’s plan each day...
Right here in front of me—if I am willing to be surprised and stay in awe and wonder.
“Be still and know that I am God”
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