Two nights ago, my friend Grace talked me into going for a night hike in the Gorge at Multnomah Falls. I had been to the falls once during the day and it is a beautiful scenic landmark right outside of Portland. Grace and I made the 30 minute drive and reached our destination at 10:30 pm. As we pulled up Grace asked "Did you bring a flashlight?" Neither of us had stopped to think about that before we left. Thankfully, we found one in the glove compartment of her car. We got out of the car and she asked me to manually lock the back door. Right after I did, she realized that her keys were still in the ignition. Thankfully one of the side doors was unlocked and we weren't stranded. We got lucky!
So we start our hike and Grace casually mentions "I don't think this will be a problem, but I hear that if you run into a bear you should be loud and make yourself appear bigger than you are. That will scare them away. We really don't need to worry about that, but just in case..." I quickly interrupted her: "Well, if we don't need to worry about it then lets just stop talking about it." She quickly adds, "And just so you know, I get spooked pretty easily."
I change the conversation as we hike up the mountain to the look out point. It was incredible being by ourselves in the middle of nature at night, able to see the stars and hear the rush of the waterfall.
God in Creation
I will lift my eyes up to the hills - where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip - he who watches over you will not slumber.
~ Psalm 121:1-3