When I say Camping you might be thinking, “I’ve got nothing but a tent and the great outdoors.” But it was more like: a tent, two pillows, three blankets, a bag of pop corn, and enough movies to last a short life time. Okay, I’m probably exaggerating there, it would have been a very short life time, like I’m talking about the length of a fly’s life.
It all started when my Mom, Dad, my Brother, and I decided to go to the beach on a small island in Australia. Upon arrival, we noticed that the only thing on the island of Henning was a small camp site right by the beach. Cameron and I decided to camp out on the beach that night. We scouted out the land so that we could decide were to pitch our tent, and we ended up deciding on the flats ground under a pine tree. Because no one else was there, we had the camp site to ourselves. After setting up the tent, we said our final farewell to the rest of our family, just in case a ferocious animal needed a snack. Small spaces scarcely bother me, so though the tent was snug I was quite comfortable.
Then we pulled out the popcorn and movies. After watching movies for a while we went outside to get some fresh air, and my eagle-eyed brother spotted something moving in the pine tree we had pitched our tent below. It was hard to tell, but based on shape and size we think it was a raccoon. But he was not the only visitor we had that night.
The sounds you hear when alone in the wilderness can be a wonder and a fright. Sometimes you will never know what creature made those magnificent sounds. For the majority of the night, we could hear a sound similar to that of a cricket but much louder. We are still undecided as to who this animal was. But it didn’t seem like he moved at all through the night. Fairly early in the morning Cameron and I were able to hear what we assumed was a bird in a tree nearby, who had a melody that was different than any I had heard before. Cameron and I both agreed that it sounded almost exactly like someone was coughing loudly. I stuck my head out of the tent to try and see this bird. I still could hear the bird but I could not see it. Then I stepped out of the tent and the sound suddenly stopped.
It is quite amazing that God was able to create such beautiful, unique, and incredible animals for us to discover, enjoy, and love. Although I might never know what animal was making that coughing noise or that chirping, I do know that God made them for us to hear, enjoy, love, and treasure.