Opinion

No explanation for some experiences

Editor: Langley’s prolific correspondent, Mike Harvey, recently aired his thoughts regarding a couple of unusual personal experiences in a Times letter to the editor (“Two strange happenings he just can’t explain,” The Times, Oct. 26).

Harvey’s preamble referred to his Halloween timing and stated “to the unbeliever no proof is possible, and to the believer no proof is necessary.” 

The letter described two spooky and puzzling occurrences, one concerning a psychic’s conversation with Harvey’s deceased mother and the other describing the odd night time behaviour of a normally friendly cat.

 Harvey’s letter reminded me of a couple of ‘’strange happenings’’ of my own.  My family was camping at Long Beach when I rose early one morning, prepared my thermos of tea, and hiked down the trail, through trees bent over from years of winds off the open ocean.  Once on the beach, I clambered up the charcoal-black, rock outcroppings to perch above the crashing waves.

As the sun rose and I enjoyed my vista undisturbed, I became aware of several seals playing in the water, just out from where I sat.  I watched, amused, then astounded, as these playful creatures proceeded to surf the waves as they rolled in towards me. I sat, mesmerized, and watched the seals ride the waves until my tea was gone and my campsite duties beckoned.

Another camping trip took us to Manning Park. Canoeing on Lightning Lake one day, I experienced an amazing vista I recall often.  The lake floor below me seemed impossibly close in the crystal-clear, glacial waters.  The towering mountain peaks surrounded me on all sides with majesty I could hardly take in.  The sun was out on this warm, summer day and my shoulders expressed tangible joy in the caress of its rays.  The trees were green, the water was blue, the sky was bluer still.

I just can’t explain — how did these experiences happen? Wonderful, mystical, deep calling unto deep. My experiences, like Harvey’s, puzzle my understanding.  I can not explain the formula that brought them into existence and, yet, I can not deny they happened and moved me greatly. 

They spoke of a land I do not know.  Yet.  And they gave me great hope and joy.

“By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see:  eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being.” (from Eugene H. Peterson’s The Message).

Lisa Giesbrecht,

Langley

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