During the recent holidays I was walking to the headland at Noosa along that fabulous path with the sea on one side and the bush on the other. A group of people had stopped walking and were looking out to sea. At that precise time, a pod of whales surfaced, and one of the whales launched through the air. People gasped with delight. The ability of a whale to lift its weight out of the water and move through the air was simply breathtaking.
The freedom of the whales at play evoked great happiness in all of the onlookers. Parents explained to their children what had just happened, adults shared their joy with each other and, of course, the cameras were going off in a big way. We felt privileged to be there to witness such an amazing sight. A lovely day had suddenly become even better.
In spite of the sophistication of technology, it is still the wonders of the natural world that inspire awe. It is restorative for us to be exposed to nature. In our world we are subjected to so much that causes grief and despair that we need times in which we get out into the natural world to gain perspective. The beauty and wonder of nature leads us to look beyond the present to admire the design and creativity of the natural world.
Why would a whale even want to launch out of the water? How powerful must its muscles be to be able to do that? That day I saw something amazing and, as I reflected upon it, I gave thanks to God for being there at that time, for having sight to see not only the whales but the happiness on every face around me, and for being able to hear the gasps of delight. It was a good day with many highlights, but seeing the whales was absolutely stunning.
God’s peace to you,
Senior School Chaplain