By the time we traveled to Bandon, Oregon we’d amassed several tidbits regarding ravens. I’ve never been a big fan of birds in general – even had a few experiences that were just plain weird. (Like the time a parrot stole an opal out of a pendant on a necklace while in a pet store. I’d been trying “Here kitty, kitty” on the parrot when he snatched the jewel. I fought that $400 parrot and finally got him to cough it up!)
I became enamored with the huge, glossy ravens last year while on the Mendocino coast in Ft. Bragg, CA. They are funny, smart and very verbose! I learned the ravens in Ft. Bragg had a twenty vocalization vocabulary, one of which is a sound we have heard nowhere else in our travels. It is a deep clucking and we’ve tried it on ravens and crows from coast to coast, never to be repeated.
In Washington state I’d read an article in the paper regarding a study on ravens, and by now several more. I find the correlations interesting, and where the studies speak to how ravens learn from humans – I believe we would do well to resemble ravens in return.
1 Kings 17:4 KJV
And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.
The ravens listened to God and fed Elijah, Elijah listened to the word of God and survived. After reading the various articles pertaining to ravens I came to the conclusion we would do well to resemble ravens in their ability to listen, learn and communicate.
16 Reasons People Don’t Listen When You Speak
Memorial Garden St. Andrew’s Episcopal Florence, OR
Revelation 20:6 KJV
Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
We enjoyed a quiet Memorial Day at the beach without internet. Upon our arrival in Florence, Oregon we found this beautiful Memorial Garden at http://www.standrewsflorence.org and snapped a picture of the cross.
We had hoped to attend church here, instead we will be trying to get a ride south today.
We camped at this beach in the neighborhood of Taft in Lincoln City, Oregon. The beach is a great spot for clamming! This weekend clamming, fishing, and crabbing is free in Oregon!
Matthew 4:19 KJV
And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
Psalms 77:19 KJV
“Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.”
Seaside at Sunset Oregon Coast
Sunset just north of Haystack Rock
Loaded like a couple of pack mules!
After a short and sweet visit with DH’s Dad, we headed west to Astoria, then south to enjoy the Oregon coast. We stayed on the beach in Seaside, then headed to Cannon Beach where we had an amazing sandwich and cold Guiness at Mariner’s Market. The next morning a lovely woman named Jeanie took our picture with Haystack Rock in the background.
Revelations 22:13 KJV
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”
Our longest ride ended yesterday with Joe. We traveled through more states and spent the most time with this truck driver than any other during our journey. Joe left us in Longview, Washington where Robert and I hoped to find Robert’s Dad. This was our second attempt to show up at his door and knock. The first attempt was during winter and the weather turned us away. This time, as we sat in McDonald’s (our favorite for free wifi, electricity and pretty good coffee for a buck!) I renewed my search for anything on Robert’s Dad and stepmother. Used to finding nothing – no obituaries, no public records, nothing – nada – zip- I all of a sudden found something.
After all the fruitless searches we found an estate sale was planned for Robert’s Dad’s address, scheduled to start on Thursday – the day we arrived. We rolled our gear in a shopping cart 2 miles and right up the driveway, to my Father-in-law’s house. We spoke to the team leader there that was doing the sale, found out Robert’s stepmother had passed and his Dad was not doing well in a home. When asked if we wanted something of his personal items, Robert said, “No, I don’t want his stuff. I just want to see my Dad.”
This is the rub – we don’t want the stuff – we want the relationship. Our faith in Christ has provided the relationship, the fellowship and an example to follow. We are constantly reminded that everything is in God’s time, and not our own. We are also reminded of HIS presence with us, and in us through all of our travels. We hope to have a visit with Robert’s Dad today in the rest home where he resides.
1 Kings 8:60 KJV
That all the people of the earth may know that the LORD is God, and that there is none else.
Thanks for introducing us to this video Bethel Evangel!
Revelation 19:16 KJV
And hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
This was the truck parking at a beautiful rest stop in Washington. We had just arrived ten minutes earlier and there were only a few trucks parked for the night. It filled quickly with trucks trying to find a safe spot to rest. Most of the truck stops across America don’t have enough parking for the number of trucks on the road and the available spots are full before sundown!
We are so small compared to the trees!
Proverbs 27:17 KJV
Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
Thank you for your friendship Joe, truly Blessed!