You won’t believe what happened!
Or, maybe you will!
Dave and I were hiking and almost finished with our roundtrip trek to Grinnell Glacier in Glacier National Park when someone told us a grizzly bear was about a half mile down the trail and to be sure to make a lot of noise!
Noise, not a problem! We can do that!
Well, Dave, desiring to be prepared, decided to try out the ‘Bear’ spray too … just a little … but suddenly it took on a life of its own!
We didn’t realize just how powerful it really is! None of us did.
To give you a glimpse …
Dave was walking directly in front of me and sprayed a small amount. At the same time, the direction of the wind changed and blew a huge puff of what looked like a orange cloud without warning. First, the horrific smell, then the massive clump of spray landed directly into my eyes, face, mouth, throat … impacting me severely.
It was awful!
I began choking while my eyes, nose and mouth began burning. Stumbling aimlessly and to walk, trying to sit, fearing the complications, its consequences, possible impairment of sight or a possible allergic reaction or the impending run in with a bear. Yikes! Attempting to walk without sight and in pain was both overwhelming and devastating!
Lets just say, I was beginning to panic! I’d not felt that kind of helplessness in a long time!
We had enough water for the remainder of the trek, what we didn’t have was enough for this emergency!
But… God provided!
We had been trekking with a couple enjoying each other’s company and conversation for about an hour, but they had lagged behind, yet not to far. I believe God had allowed this couple to lag behind instead of going ahead of us to meet a need. Within minutes they had caught up, had several large bottles of water (she was a nurse too – a nice added benefit) and began and forcefully (I couldn’t do it – reeling in pain) opening my eyelids, flushing them over and over, pouring water on my face, encouraging me to drink, flushing my throat, tongue, etc.
Wow! I’m thinking … isn’t God is good!
I’ve not felt that kind of burning pain before. Have you?
It’s very scary.
We stood there on the trail for a while, regaining composure, drenched, but thankful!
No bear appeared. Again thankful! I’m certain the ‘NOISE’ we were making was enough to scare him away!
Most importantly, God provided a husband and wife team to be a blessing, HIS provision, the GOOD SAMARITAN.
I’m doing much better now. Thankful!
The Parable of the Good Samaritan – Luke 10:25-37
And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”
But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”
Photo: Nancy Byrne ~ Nancy @ Grinnell Glacier/Glacier National Park/August 2014
Photo (Top): Nancy Byrne ~ Bear @ Glacier National Park