One night on the beach

Night view from my balcony
Night view from my balcony

One night I was on the beach

It was a dream but I was in reality and You were speaking to my reality

You said, “I am sovereign

Look at the waves, my galloping horses of the sea

See how mighty they come but they cannot surpass Me

They cannot cross the line that I have set for them”

You said, “I am with you

Look at your footprints in the sand

Am I not carrying you?

I will not leave you nor forsake you”.

Then the waves of the sea came and washed the footprints away

And you said, “See the sands of time have washed away.

One moment your footprints are here the next they are gone.”

And I replied “Lord this is too much for me, too weighty to understand.”

Then you said “I am God!”

And as I looked out over the waves of the sea

I knew that everything would be alright with me

As long as He is alright with me

My footprints in the sand
My footprints in the sand

Ya’ll I’ve been thinking a lot about life after South Africa and how much I need to do or should be doing to prepare for next semester. But God is Sovereign! He knew I would be in South Africa in this moment in this time. God has everything under control. He’s working some things out in my mind and heart in regards to ministry. And honestly I’m afraid what the future will bring because it’s so uncertain. But, I have to choose to obey God not my fears. So come what may, waves of life. When it’s all said and done and my footprints in the sand are no more, as long as God is pleased with my life then that’s all that matters.

 

 

Los Lobos (aka Sea Lion Paradise)

10001582_10153095984683659_2389182712484420833_nWe made it to the Galápagos Island of San Cristóbal (also known as Sea Lion capital of the world)! I’m still having a tough time comprehending that I have been abroad for a little over one month.
We left Quito a week days ago and taking a plane from the city of Quito to Guayaquil and from Guayaquil to the small airport of San Cristóbal. San Cristóbal is small in comparison to Santa Cruz with a population of only 6,000 people. So picture the population of Hope plus a couple thousand extra and you have all the people that live on this island. Oh and it also only takes 15 minutes to drive from one side of the island to the other.

A baby sea lion resting on the rocks
A baby sea lion resting on the rocks

Driving to campus we were greeted by a beautiful view of the ocean with pristine blue waters. That’s right, the beach is right across the street from our campus! Playa Mann is nicknamed Sea Lion Paradise because there are so many sea lions roaming around in the sand. The sea lions are so comfortable around humans, that they literally swim right up to you, going between your legs and right up to your face when you are snorkeling or diving in the ocean. They especially like the bubbles from your regulator when you’re diving. It’s one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. And let me tell you, there is nothing cuter than a baby sea lion, frolicking after another baby sea lion, in the sand.

For my Marine Life class we are responsible for coming up with a research project based on something we can observe on the island. My friend Kristi and I are looking into the familial relationships between sea lion pups and their mothers by studying how long the pups nurse, and how many pups are nursing at one time. The sea lions gave birth shortly before we came to the island so there are plenty of little pups running around. They communicate by barking at each other, resulting in the beach sounding like grunts and burps all day long (we can sometimes hear the lobos all the way from the university).

The sea lions love to play in the bubbles from your snorkel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playa Mann - the view from our campus
Playa Mann – the view from our campus
Yellowtailed Damselfish
Yellowtailed Damselfish

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Green Sea Turtle
Green Sea Turtle

 

Baby sea lions curled up at La Loberia
Baby sea lions curled up at La Loberia
The stingray we saw when we went snorkeling
The stingray we saw when we went snorkeling