The silky fluff inside the fireweed seed pod inspired June to make a soft pillow to send to her far-away friend.
“For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.”
—Philemon 1:7 KJV
Moose braved his dislike of wild onions for a romantic campfire supper near the Kobuk river.
“And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him.”
—Ruth 4:15 KJV
Coloring Fun:Caribou care for you:Kobuk Valley National Park, Alaska:Ruth 4:15.
Captivated by the rainbow trout’s stamina, Moose watched the fish navigate nature’s obstacle course.
“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.
If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”
—Daniel 3:16-18 KJV
Coloring Fun:Hot water:Katmai National Park, Alaska:Daniel 3:16-18.
When “the big one” got away, Moose chose to feature his fishing socks in the photograph.
“And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the Lord?
Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.”
—Exodus 4:11, 12 KJV
Moose and June watched as the arctic fox slept peacefully, despite evidence of wolves.
“And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.”
—Numbers 13:30 KJV
When June broke her leg, she gained strength in seeing the nurture of nature.
“So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.”
—Job 2:13 KJV
Despite the cold, Moose and his friends found a way to deliver their sick friend to the wilderness doctor.
“And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day.”
—Luke 5:26 KJV
Reality or reflection?
“As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.”
—Proverbs 27:19 KJV
Coloring Fun:Reflections:Mirror Lake, Yosemite National Park, California:Proverbs 27:19.
Visiting relations down south, Judy and Cream followed firefly trails to welcome a newborn babe.
“And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”
—Luke 2:9-12 KJV
Coloring Fun:Dance of delight:Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee:Luke 2:9-12.
The loud echo of the whale’s tail slap reminded Moose of Jonah’s prayer in the belly of a whale.
“Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.”
—Psalm 139:7-10 KJV
Inspired by Heroes of Faith: The Storm of Jonah
Coloring Fun:Arise:Painted Cave, Channel Islands National Park, California:Psalm 139:7-10.