This was the prayer of my heart when I woke up on Saturday morning. A little bit later in the car, I gave voice to that prayer with my family. And all day, we were all on the lookout for the bear I asked God to show me.
We saw elk.
And beautiful thermal pools.
And spectacular storm clouds.
And Old Faithful.
And a bison!
We saw deer, a bald eagle, a coyote, pronghorn antelope, and beavers. We saw the Paint Pots, Yellowstone Lake, lots of wildflowers, and beautiful rivers. But we didn't see a bear. I wasn't super disappointed when we left Yellowstone, because I had seen so much else. As we drove south through the Tetons, I kept my eyes glued to the window because we had been told the Jackson Lake area is frequented by many moose, and I wanted to see a moose almost as much as I wanted to see a bear. We came around a corner and up ahead, traffic was stopped. I figured it was the entrance gate for Grand Tetons National Park. But as we got closer, we realized that everyone was stopped to look at something not five feet off the edge of the road. Something big. Something dark brown. Something hairy...
The bear was a grizzly bear, not small, but not huge, either. We're pretty sure it was a she because of the size. She was there by the side of the road, digging in the dirt and eating whatever she was finding there. She was totally unconcerned by the cars that lined up in both directions to watch her...didn't even lift her head to look at us. Because we were going south and she was on the northbound side of the road, we had a safe space between us and her. I climbed up and sat in the open window on the passenger side of the car, and took my pictures over the top of the car. We stayed and watched my bear for about 5 minutes before moving on.
As soon as we were rolling again, our family took a minute to thank God for:
1. Listening to the simple prayer
2. Being interested in the small things that are important to His children
3. Bringing us a beautiful, grizzly bear in a very safe setting
God, you are so cool! Thank you for your attention to detail, and that even the small things matter to you.
*Update! We are going to the Laura Ingalls Wilder museum in De Smet, South Dakota, today. We'll be staying tonight in Missouri, and tomorrow we will be home in Little Rock. Well, not really home, but we'll be there for a few days to pick up our stuff. On Saturday, we head out for Florida. We'll stop Saturday night with friends in Nashville, and then drive the rest of the way on Sunday. Matt will be driving our 26-foot UHaul with his van on a vehicle trailer in tow. I will be driving my van, loaded with stuff, kids, and our cats and tortoise. Please pray for safety on the road, and safety as we load the truck in the extreme heat Arkansas has been experiencing the last few weeks. Farewell for now...my next post will be from HOME!