Lightning Lakes

January 11, 2018 by Susan Thogerson Maas (Oregon)

The lake that inspired today’s devotional was one of the Lightning Lakes in British Columbia, Canada, where my husband, Gary, and I hiked a couple of year ago. Gary and I love British Columbia. We spent our honeymoon in the lovely, and very British, city of Victoria. Later that same year we ventured farther into Canada, taking in the rugged mountains and turquoise lakes of Banff and Jasper National Parks in Alberta. When our boys were young, we took them camping up in B.C. In fact, our younger son celebrated three birthdays in that province.

We have many special memories of those days: playing peek-a-boo with a raccoon family at Cultus Lake, enjoying the friendly rabbits at a campground near Squamish. And then there was the trip where the universal joint in our car went out, making a loud clunk, clunk as we rolled down the freeway near Chilliwack. “Like that noise,” our toddler chanted from the back seat, as we nursed the car to the next exit. It was almost 5:00 p.m., and we were out in the country. Would we find a repair shop in time? But there it was, just off the highway — a small shop with friendly mechanics who had replaced two or three universal joints that very day. They knew just what to do, and we were on our way in no time. God was watching over us, and prayers were answered that day.

And that is what means the most to me. Whether we are traipsing along pristine forest trails or nursing an ailing car to the next town, God is always with us. We can count on him for joy and beauty, as well as comfort and guidance. The exciting part of writing devotionals is that it keeps me watching for the creative ways that God speaks to us and answers our prayers. I enjoy sharing my God stories with others almost as much as I like hearing the stories others have to tell. What God stories do you have to share?

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