Alaska Dall Sheep


Habakkuk 3:19 “The Lord God is my strength, and He has made my feet like hinds feet, and makes me walk on my high places.”  New American Standard (NAS)

Alaska.  The word alone brings to mind wilderness, danger, hardship and rugged beauty.  On a trip to Denali  National Park, the day was cloudy, we could not see Mt. McKinley, but were awestruck by the vastness of the open terrain.  In Denali, you have to take tour buses into the wilderness unless you have permits to back-country hike or climb. People are in the ‘cages’ of buses and the animals are freely roaming in their natural habitat for both your and the animal’s safety.  I was not with hikers on this trip, so we loaded onto the buses to go deeper into wild grizzly country.  We saw the grizzly bears below us, a Mama and two cubs shining with silvery fur.  Their sheer size, at such a far distance made us all glad we were safely in the bus looking through binoculars and the van’s viewfinder to see these creatures.  The Alaska Dall sheep were white moving dots in the cliffs of the mountains.  Dall sheep are white with curvy horns. They frequent rugged terrain in a dry climate and are always prepared to escape predators through scampering up impossibly rocky mountain sides to safety.  Their white color stands out in the summer but the rest of the year, they are protected by their natural coloring in the snowy background of the mountains.  What would it be like to be able to survive in this harsh climate, with fierce predators looking for you to make a mistake, and always on the alert for ways of escape?

What is it like to survive in your world? Who do you pray for protection from in your life?

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