Last weekend I went to Ma’alaea Harbor to wander around and watch the boats come in and out. I love the ocean and wanted to just be around the boats and kind of hoped I would meet someone to invite me on their boat! No luck. Later on in the week, I said to a few of my friends, “I really want to go on a boat, do you know of anyone that has a boat?”
Last January, I signed up to be a volunteer at the Pacific Whale Foundation, but was never able to volunteer. I periodically receive emails from them telling me about upcoming events. This week I received an email from them about a whale watch that was coming up. It read, “Aloha Volunteers, Thank you for your RSVP’s for the volunteer whale watch and potluck on Wednesday, January 23rd.We have now filled seats on the boat and cannot accept any additional passengers.”
Since I had such a strong desire to go on a boat, I decided to respond to the email and asked to be put on the waiting list. I received an email back saying there were 2 seats left and I was invited to join them for the whale watch. Of course, I was very excited and said, “Yes.”
When I told my friend Joni that I was going on a whale watch, she asked, “What will you be doing?” I responded, “I don’t know, I just know I’m going and I don’t care what I do.” I thought I was volunteering to help on the boat. When I arrived on Wednesday, I was informed by another volunteer that this whale watch was a “thank you” party for volunteering during the year. Yikes, I had never volunteered, and yet I was now boarding The Odyssey for a whale watch. I’m not sure why I received this email in the first place, but I did. Not only does God provide money for what I need, but provided a free whale watch with my new binoculars. I have another whale watch scheduled in 2 weeks and I can’t wait.
Just 4 days before the whale watch, I found binoculars at a yard sale. I have been looking (and praying) for binoculars at yard sales as I wanted to see the whales close up. I spotted the big black binoculars on the table at the first yard sale I went to (in my mind, I thought five dollars.) I quickly picked them up and checked them out. “How much”, I asked the man. I was delighted when he said, “five dollars.” I walked away with a big smile on my face and said, “Thank you God.”
The binoculars came at the perfect and right time. I was thrilled to be able to see the whales jump up out of the water on the whale watch. Here is what I learned about humpback whales from one of the volunteers on the boat.
From December to early May the humpback whales call Hawaii home. Traveling an incredible 3,000 miles of ocean in less than two months time, these gentle giants migrate from the gulf of Alaska to Hawaii for breeding and birthing in the islands’ warm and shallow waters. Their annual migration delights both visitors and residents alike during the peak of their numbers between January and early April. Weighing up to 45 tons, these whales can be graceful acrobats. Seeing a humpback whale “breach” the ocean by propelling its 45-foot long body out of the sea is a spectacular event. Their mysterious whale song is yet another intriguing trait of male humpback whales. These complex songs can be heard underwater from up to twelve miles away. The crew put what is called a hydrophone 30 feet into the ocean so we could hear the whales sing. It was amazing to hear the songs being sung by the whales.
I am so grateful for the grace and courage to follow my heart and move to Maui. There have been so many miracles and gifts. As I have shared in other blogs, it hasn’t always been easy as things have come up that needed healing. They still continue to come up and when they do, I have the tools and wisdom to work through them. On a daily basis, I am trusting myself, my intuition and God on what I need to do next in my life. God is always there to guide me when I listen and pay attention. Today, I am spending time alone with Pat and loving myself. I was led to do an exercise in prayer this morning that I haven’t done before. I wrote in my journal I love your … smile, strength, faith, courage, etc. It was 2 pages long and I just kept writing and finding more things that I loved about myself. It felt really good. How easy it is to see what we don’t like about ourselves. I invite you to try this exercise for yourself because you are love and loved.
Mine Is An Adventurous Heart – Heart Steps, Julie Cameron pg. 21
I choose an expansive life. I choose adventure, freedom, self-expression. I choose self-definition, self-love, self-renewal. Life expands or contracts according to my expectations. I expect good and that is what I experience. Viewing the whole, I choose to be interconnected yet independent. I allow the God-force within me to open and enlarge my lens of perception and realm.
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