Oceans in the Sky

Have you ever come across marine fossils while hiking high up in the mountains? SubhanAllah, what unexpected and extraordinary discoveries that fill one with awe! Standing there, at the top, it is so much easier to feel insignificant and to feel the profound significance of the discovery as it penetrates your comprehension.

Even if Earth is but a tiny insignificant speck in a vast universe, and we are that much more minute, that we can contemplate and comprehend our insignificance and the vast infinity outside of our own being (which we hold to be so valuable) is a favour to be grateful for.

Oh, to contemplate at the top of a mountain the Power that thrust a sea bed up towards the sky. Oh, to hold a piece of rock with the imprint of a time long gone. Surely, these favours are not lost on those whose contemplation is linked to deep comprehension.


2 or 3 nights ago, the night sky was filled with Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). SubhanAllah, what a beautiful favour.

Just today, I came across a Prairie Merlin munching on a Richardson’s Ground Squirrel. SubhanAllah, what a beautiful favour.

While I wait for the hawks, owls, eagles, pelicans, robins and other birds to migrate back I see the occasional flicker, and almost daily I see geese flying in formation – sometimes close enough over-head that if you listen, you can hear them part the air with their wings. SubhanAllah, what beautiful favours.

As I hike, I pay attention to the littlest movement and search and wait for the regeneration of colour in the hills, fields and mountains… wait for all the beautiful wildflowers and creatures to re-emerge and fill my senses. SubhanAllah, what beautiful favours.