His Unexpected Presence

The late afternoon sun was setting in the mountains behind me as I stood at the end of the busy pier.   I was waiting on my friend to have dinner on the uttermost end of the pier that gave you the illusion you were sitting in the middle of the ocean.    I had asked God for a parking place at the end of the pier which was always very limited and crowded, and when I arrived, there is was, just for me.   As I got out of the car I saw thousands of Pelicans circling the water over my head.  I walked to the edge of the pier and they were in a frenzy diving into the water.  As I watched, about 30 seals began to put on a show gliding through the water and jumping up in unison as the Pelicans dived around them.   It was better than Sea World!!   There was a sense of expectancy as there had been numerous Humpback whale sightings in the area that week.   I felt caught up in the drama that played out before me and felt God was putting on a show just for me.

     Out of the blue (literally) a mammoth Humpback whale surfaced right in front of me in all his glory, spouting, with his mouth wide open raking in small fish in abundance.  He was so big that it took my breath away.  (Much the same way as when I walked to the edge of the Grand Canyon without a clue as to what I would see.  I started crying that time at the sheer majesty of God that I beheld in that canyon.)

The other animals moved aside in respect to the obvious alpha of the sea who was lumbering about keenly aware, it seemed, of his predominance.  This is a very unusual occurrence so close to people, the shore, and the pier.  As I continued to watch,  the whale was in no hurry to leave.  He continued to allow his humongous girth to surface as if to say, “Yes, I am here.  It’s no big deal.”  He came right up to where I was standing 3 times.  Amazing!!

Musing on the happenings of last night,  I thought how so like God to give me an object lesson on his diverse and amazing ways in our lives.  Just when we think that nothing is ever going to happen to change where we are in life, He appears, in huge proportions, in such a way that you know it is Him without a doubt.    I had been singing all week a Psalm written from scripture by a Psalmist named Kathy Wilson that goes something like this.

Behold, I will do something new, like a stream in the desert I’ll amaze you.  My child look to me and rely on my power.  Watch and see all I’ll do this very hour. There is nothing too difficult;  Nothing impossible for me.”  

He never leaves our sides.  In the midst of our valleys He is so close.  He has a plan and His plan always involves you and what you have been through.  After a long stint in the desert of pain or valley of heaviness be watching for your God to produce a huge and delightful answer to the cries of your heart.  Nothing is impossible for Him to do in your life.  See Him in what you do daily in those moments  when you wouldn’t even be thinking about Him.  He’s there.  He wants to be involved in every tiny detail of our life.  Be standing on the edge of your pier with expectancy and wait for the crescendo to break forth in light and understanding and provision and healing.   I challenge you this week to live in expectancy.

So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Gen. 1:21 ESV

10 thoughts on “His Unexpected Presence

  1. Dixie, It gave me chills to read this post. The closest thing like that I experienced was a time I was sitting out on the patio of a room at a hotel in Shell Beach and at 7:30 a.m. a school of dolphins came so close to shore I could have walked right out in the midst of them. They swam by for about half hour…it seemed like hundreds of them. Amazing. I’m so glad you had that experience!!!


  2. I love your post Dixie I can hear your excitement about the whale in your writings. Thanks for sharing and can’t wait to see you soon. Love ya! CeCe


  3. I love that you heard so clearly what the Lord was saying through the mighty display of His handiwork, and I love that you shared it. I truly do get the phenomenon of it all — whales at your feet unexpectedly. Your experience is encouraging me and many others to continue to trust and expect G-D to do the seeming impossible in our lives. Thanks! I tempted to tell you my corny whale jokes, but I’m pretty weak, and will save them for another time. Love…Susie


  4. Hey there Susie………..it is so rewarding to hear when someone truly gets the awesomeness of the moment as if you were there by the writing of it…thanks for taking a moment to let me know….when your up to it would love to hear the jokes!!! Praying always for your recovery!!


  5. Dixie, your story is a beautiful testimony to the presence of the Divine in all things, and in nature in particular. I can really relate to your experience of seeing the whale and being moved to tears by its power and size. Several years ago I saw a blue whale while on an outing in Canada and burst into tears at its size but mostly at its sweetness and the awareness it seemed to have of its own size! At other times I have also experienced this power inside myself during prayer and meditation. It’s a moving and humbling experience. And yes, this sacred presence is always present.


    • Thank you so much Anne!! I think the divine encounters we have through nature is just a glimpse of His glory that one day we will share for eternity…thanks for commenting!!!


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