This past week, my friend Trish and I wanted to use our two-for-one whale watching coupon. The day we could go, 30 mph winds were whipping.
We boarded on that warm, windy afternoon. Once on the excursion boat with a bunch of other adventurous folks, we began to get really cold. The temperature rapidly drooped. We bundled up and headed out for our three-hour tour.
Blustery winds must have kept the whales from frolicking. In fact, the guide kept saying something about adverse conditions. Now, I don't pretend to have my sea legs, but I know for a fact some of the folks aboard were sure they had the stomach for this trip.
As we progressed out to sea, the guide began discussing the rarity of the birds on the water. Obviously she was filling the gap due to a lack of whale sightings.
Then we saw a "blow," which indicated a whale was coming up for air. The boat began to rock with greater fervor as everyone staggered to the left side of the boat. Sure enough ol' Orbit the humpback whale gave us a glimpse of his back and slight wave of his tail fluke.
The young lady next to me steadied me as I tried to take a rapid succession of photos while the boat lurched this way and that way. You quickly become friendly when your neighbor is your only reason for not hitting the deck.
We began to talk. I asked "Delaney" where she was from and in return she asked me. I answered, "South Mississippi." My new Massachusetts friend excitedly said, "I will be in Gulfport next week on a missions trip."
How about that, y'all? I may have not seen a pod of whales, but God sure did bless me with meeting a precious young lady who was giving her summertime to work with Habitat for Humanity on our Gulf Coast.
That'll preach. The world is getting a bit smaller every day. You never know who you're going to run into. I've seen strange things like "people sightings" where friends from 20 years ago bump into each other 1,000 miles away from home.
These sightings and the stories like Delaney's remind me we are all connected. We are not made for isolation and lone ranger lives. I felt sorry for the solitary whales who travel alone, because they need such a large food supply they can't share.
Scripture reminds us, "A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; He rages against all wise judgment." Prov 18:1
God called to us to meet together, to pray together, to take care of one another and to encourage one another. Come up for air, join in and bless the Lord.
Kandi Farris, a freelance correspondent, also is a speaker on matters of faith and values.