"Oh Lord, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom you have made them all." (Psalm 104:24)
Although I do treasure this picture of Mt. McKinley/Denali, the real treasure for me is what this signifies for us. Five years ago next week, Kenny and I took a trip to Alaska for our 5th anniversary. No, we didn't take a cruise (which is what everyone asks) we flew into Anchorage, rented a car and did our own thing, 2 nights in a bed and breakfast and the other 8 nights camping or staying in little cabins. We had planned our trip out and had thought we were going to spend a few days down in the Kenai Peninsula. We spent 1 night and a half a good day there and then found out that even our 1/2 day of sunshine was a gift because it normally rained there every day during that season. Rather than camping in pouring rain, we packed up and decided to find somewhere else to go. At first, that would seem discouraging, but God had even that planned for us. The places we found for the next few days gave us so much. We were able to find some fun hiking trails, be about 20 feet from 4 bull moose on just an everyday nature trail, and were able to hike on a glacier -- all the nature we were hoping to enjoy!! I won't go through our whole trip, but it was amazing and God was so good to give us daily blessings while we were there. For us, one of the biggest blessings was to see Mt McKinley. We actually got a glimpse of it from Anchorage (hours away!), then saw it again at Talkeetna, then when we took the bus into Denali we were able to be closer - that's where the above picture came from. When planning our trip, we had seen all the amazing pictures of Denali/Mt. McKinley and didn't even think twice about seeing it. Once we got there, we found out that the likelihood of seeing a grizzly in Denali National Park was about 80%, but the likelihood of seeing the mountain was only about 20%. When we got to the point of seeing it (I can't remember how many miles away we were) we were amazed at how magnificent it was and how great our God was to create such beauty. Then within a half hour - it was gone - covered in clouds. We definitely realized that even that was a blessing from God and that He was good to think of our small desires. This trip gave us that extra little boost we needed and is yet another reminder that God's timing is perfect. We had already been trying for children for a couple years at that point, but we are so thankful that God gave us that time together just as a couple, not just in Alaska, but all the other things we were able to do and the time we were able to enjoy each other and to learn the things He wanted us to learn. One of these days, we hope to go back to Alaska - hopefully taking our girls with us and hopefully they will come to enjoy God's creation as we do.
Here's an extra picture - of us hiking on the glacier -- you'll have to excuse the pictures, I didn't have a digital camera at that time, so these are pictures of pictures that are already in a scrapbook album. :)
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