NATURE NUGGETS: THE POWER OF WATER BY SALLY BAIR

Now that the worst of our Midwest storms have gone (hopefully), we can look forward to a warmer, more comforting season. This time of year makes me think of warmer times, and today I’m reminiscing about a trip my husband, Don, and I took to British Columbia.

The Power of Water  

Our friends from B.C. joined us as we made our way down Devastation Channel toward Fuch (Foosh) Lagoon in our 22-foot Starcraft. We had to time our entry by the tides because the inlet to the lagoon was extremely narrow.

Once arrived, we headed to a floating dock where we tied up then took advantage of a hot spring. The facility, open to anyone brave enough to come, offered a reinforced but rustic hot tub big enough for at least 20 people and a second pool of cold water for those who wanted to cool down. On such a warm, July day, it felt heavenly. We spent quite some time there, until Don reminded us that the tide would be coming in soon and we’d better leave—now!

As we left the lagoon, I could tell Don was nervous. So was I when I watched the tide rush in the narrow opening toward us. Would we be better off waiting for the tide to finish coming in? That would mean leaving at dark, which we didn’t want. As Don revved the outboard motor, I prayed. I also got down on my hands and knees to shut out the sight, I was that scared.

The boat bucked and heaved as we tried to hurry through. I peeked out, swallowing hard when I saw us rocking on a narrow strip of water that descended on each side. We bucked through on a shelf! A narrow shelf! I bent my head down and prayed harder.

Don can do it, I told myself. He and God will get us through. And they did. As soon as I felt the boat stabilize, I sat up, took deep breaths until my heart stopped pounding, and smiled. 

The power of water is amazing. We see it in rainfalls, floods, storms at sea, and snowfalls like we’ve experienced. Weather events always remind me that they are controlled by the Creator for a purpose. When the prophet Job lost everything and complained to God, the Lord reminded him that He made it all.

“Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said: … Who shut in the sea with doors, when it burst forth and issued from the womb; when I made the clouds its garment, and thick darkness its swaddling band; when I fixed My limit for it, and set bars and doors; when I said, ‘This far you may come, but no farther, and here your proud waves must stop!’?” (Job 38: 8-11)

We can rejoice in the water that the Lord brings in summer and winter.