As we turned the corner to the end of the trail it dawned on me that I hadn't prayed for God's protection that day, which is something I normally do anytime we take a trip anywhere or do something that is a bit challenging. So I stopped and prayed that God would surround each one of us with His protecting Hands and keep us safe, I really truly believe that is why I'm here typing this out tonight instead in a hospital bed or worse yet in a grave. You see as we came to the very end of the trail and the gorgeous falls stood before us there was a huge patch of snow and ice, but Janell, Josh and Natalie would not be stopped by this they continued on skirting around the bottom of it. I in fact told Natalie that I would wait there for them to return, but as I stood there looking at the beautiful falls I decided that I too would follow in their foot steps and skirt around the end of the snow. I made it over to the falls just fine and sat on a huge boulder enjoying the sunshine, the sound of the falls and river as it went by all the while thinking to myself that I would be so thankful once we got back to the other side of the snow patch and around the rock slide.
As we started to go back down the mountain, I slipped and began to fall down the side of the mountain, the only thing that saved me from completly slidding down the mountain was I had the impluse to reach up and grab some small branches of some trees that were right in front of me. I layed there for a moment catching my breath, as Josh who was in front of me and Janell behind me, along with Natalie all began to ask me if I was okay. It took a minute for me to stand up and as I did I realized that nothing was broken, that I was very sore, but thankfully because of God's protection I was okay, I was covered in mud, shook up and sore but Praise God okay. I just remember saying over and over again, thank you Jesus for your protection, thank you Jesus that I'm alive, thank you Jesus that I didn't break any bones, thank you Jesus that I could still walk. . .
I've come to the realization once again that each day we wake up able to walk, talk and move without assistance we are blessed. I've also been reminded by God's faithfulness in His protection that He hears our prayers and answers them, knowing that I can trust him to protect me when I ask for his assistance, thank you Jesus!
Love in Christ,
Luke's Thankful Mommy Sue