Alaskan Diversity


Another day, another type of diversity in God’s amazing world! While I have family now stationed in Honolulu and get to visit there about three times a year, my husband and I, along with our life-long friends, Bill and Jeanne, headed to Alaska last summer for a 25-day adventure. Once we flew into Anchorage, our journeys continued by car, bush plane and excursion boats. In the summer Alaska receives about 20 hours of sunlight, so this view greeted us as we stepped off the plane around 2 am.

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After grabbing a few hours of sleep in rooms featuring lined draperies, we took off to see some scenery.

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The immediate difference in size seized us when we spotted the delicate bluettes (loved for food by grizzly bears)to the enormous moose ducking off the main path in Kincaid Park.

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He kindly turned around to show us his smile. Shortly after this photo op, another hiker warned us of the danger of getting too close to a moose. Then can, and do charge, and they move much faster than the average tourist!

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Little wonder the psalmist says, “Your righteousness is like the mountains of God;Your judgments are like a great deep. O Lord, you preserve man and beast.” Psalm 36:6

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As we drove south toward Homer, views like this one continued for miles. And as we approached Homer Spit, the bald eagles greeted us in droves.

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Isaiah’s familiar words from chapter 40 soared into my head: “Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will walk and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.” As a traveler, I certainly became tired and weary some days, but these eagles soared effortlessly through the skies.

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Yes, it was the 19th of June, but tulips and daffodils were bursting forth in a wide array of colors. The size of flowers also gave evidence of the extended sunlight hours.

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When I consider the variety God has created in the world of animals, birds and plants, why would I not think He would make people different too? Each person, stamped with the image of God, though marred by sin, still holds a wonder, a uniqueness, a gift given by God. Why not look for the beautiful, the helpful, the God-image in those you meet today? That’s one of my goals today.

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