Recently at a group I attend, a woman shared how much she used to pray. She believed in the power of prayer, including what she called “parking lot” prayers. Over time, however, she started feeling discouraged and stopped praying as much, including in parking lots. Eventually, her faith was renewed and she began to pray again. During her prayer re-birth season, her family planned a whale-watching cruise off the coast of California. She had been on these excursions before but had been disappointed when the whales failed to show up. This particular morning, reflecting on her disappointment, a spark of hope bubbled up. Remembering her “parking lot” prayers, she said to God, “OK, God, I want to see some….some KILLER WHALES!” After a short pause, she continued, “…and a gray whale!”
Hours passed as the woman’s family traveled to the coast and began their cruise. After some time at sea, the captain blared over the loudspeaker, “Oh, my God! We never see this. You won’t believe it but there is a group of killer whales out there!” Treasuring the moment, the woman took pictures to share with her friends. As the killer whales swam off, the woman smiled to herself, recognizing that the killer whales were a token of God’s personal love for her.
Some time went by. All of a sudden, the captain announced, “Oh, my God, there is a gray whale! And she has a baby with her! And the baby can’t be more than an hour old!” More excitement, more pictures and again, the woman’s heart was warmed in the glow of her Father’s affection, a father who would stir the seas to send his daughter a pod of killer whales and a pair of gray whales as a symbol of his love.
GENEVA CHINNOCK is a writer and author of Becoming His Beloved: Journey into the Father’s Affection. Geneva has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master in Business Administration. In her spare time, Geneva loves reading, eating bacon and attending live theater. She lives in Southern California with her husband and blogs about matters of faith at TreasuredbyGod.com.