Not long after we arrived at this spot the trees began to rustle. Suddenly a whole tribe of white-faced Capuchin Monkeys arrived on the beach! It was amazing to watch them swinging through the trees with such agility! They were playing with each other, chasing and wrestling. They searched for fruit and insects in the trees; and then they quickly started scavenging for food among the clothes and bags they found on the beach. We watched them steal a bag of potato chips and a container of yogurt and scamper to the safety of a high branch to enjoy their snack. They weren't afraid at all, coming close enough for me to touch their tails! Our agonizing hike was worth it to see these fun creatures!
Later, as we hiked out of the park, it began to rain. A soft rain, just enough to cool us off. As we walked, it hit me that a year earlier I had been just finishing up my radiation treatments and oral chemotherapy. And now I was healthy and strong enough to go on this adventure. The tears came easily and joined the rain to water the earth. I experienced that deep gratitude that seems to be a constant companion of mine now. Gratitude for life, for health, for for the beauty and goodness of God.
These lyrics have been playing in my head ever since that day:
"Open up the sky, fall down like rain
We don't want blessings, we want You
Open up the sky, fall down like fire
We don't want anything but You
Our beloved Jesus, we just want to see You
in the glory of your light
Earthly things don't matter, they just fade and shatter
when we're touched by love divine
We won't be satisfied with anything ordinary
We won't be satisfied at all
Here we go, let's go to the throne
the place that we belong
Right into His arms"
(Open up the Sky by Deluge)