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Musings 11, Just Visiting

August 24, 2017

Musings 11, Just Visiting

I am relieved. The adolescent whale visiting in Newport Harbor  has left. He had enough sight-seeing in Newport Beach I suppose. Perhaps the food was not up to his expectation or the people were less than welcoming, but I am relieved. There was no untoward incident. He did not upset any boats, nor did he swallow any children, and best of all, he did not die, but swam away in late afternoon after a stay of at least six days in Back Bay Harbor, notably thinner. Coast Guards and Harbor Patrol must have breathed a sigh of relief.

Our whale traveled north and was sighted hugging coastal waters near Seal Beach and later Los Angeles. Most grey whales have completed their annual 12,000 mile West Coast migration from the lagoons of Baja California and are busy feeding in the shallow waters of the Bering Sea. I hope our visitor makes the connection in deeper waters.

We are reminded of our own journeys. We sometimes lose our sense of direction and wander in unfamiliar and dangerous paths where we are deprived of the life-giving force of our God. Jesus provides the life boat. We may grow tired of the visit, but we can always return to safe shores. The Bible shows the way to return to righteousness. Eventually we are welcomed into the arms of our Heavenly Father, perhaps only slightly the worse from the rigors of the journey. Now, isn’t that a whale of a tale?

(John 14: 20) At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

(Psalm 25: 7) Remember not the sins of my youth nor my transgressions. According to thy mercy, remember me for thy goodness sake, O Lord.

(Proverbs 23: 18) Surely there is an end  (to your journey), and your expectation shall not be cut off. You will be rewarded and your hope will not be disappointed.



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