Miraculous Death-Defying Adventure
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I am genuinely grateful I am alive to give you greetings,
It began as any other crazy day I awake to: I open my eyes, step out into the warmth and
effulgence of the sun, and choose from a large variety of outdoor activities to
have fun with for that day. I decide to
paddle a while in my 12-foot lake kayak on
Well, the calm river unexpectedly turned into white water rapids.
Our lake kayaks were no match for even the beginning white caps as they quickly fill with water and capsize. The initial shock of the 34-degree snowmelt water is short lived at first sight of the fallen tree. There we are popping in and out of white water getting closer and closer to an obvious head-to-tree collision. Smack! My body comes to an instant stop as my body hit a full-size boulder about forty feet from the tree.
Just as I get my bearings, I see Chris right in the middle of the rushing current heading straight for the tree! My eyes are intently watching his vulnerable body close 20, 15, 10, 5 feet away from the tree… and as I search my memory now, the very next thing I see is Chris standing atop the fallen tree with the white water pounding it and swooping under. Standing. Not grabbing on with his hands, not pulling himself out of the impossible water forces, not swinging his legs onto the tree, but STANDING. He also believes, no, he knows, God pulled him out of that water and stood him up on that tree.
Yes, God still performs in the miraculous. We prayed for protection before we began our journey, and He answered with His grace, power, will, and angelic assistance. We both look back on our death-defying escapade that Tuesday afternoon with great thanksgiving to God for sparing our lives so we can live out His perfect and world-changing will for our lives on this earth. Because of His undying love even when we humans do something rather stupid, Chris will pastor and change lives in a growing youth ministry in the tri-cities, and I will continue to serve the Lord here in McCall and most likely travel the world fulfilling Christ’s Great Commission.
Still an alive and jubilant servant of my God and Savior (both spiritually and physically),
into all the world means taking my exploratory outdoor thrills along with me to
reach others who are hungry for adventure.
Please pray for continued protection of my crazy and passionate life as
well as wisdom in finding my missing and most-likely damaged kayak and
paddles. We rescued my parent’s damaged
kayak about a mile down river, but mine is still pinned at the bottom of the
furious river somewhere. Possibly pray I
would more readily see precarious situations and exercise safety more often
when I take people along on my thrilling and extreme excursions. Thank you.