“Give thanks to Him
and praise His name.” (Psalm 100:4)
A female humpback
whale had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and fishing lines.
She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps, which caused her to
struggle to stay afloat. Because she struggled for such a long time, she
had hundreds of yards of rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso, and a line tugging at her
mouth. A fisherman spotted
her just east of the Faralon
Islands, off the coast of San Francisco, California. He radioed for help.
Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so
the only way to save her was to dive in, cut off the ropes and untangle her. It was a very dangerous
proposition, since one slap of the tail could kill a prospective rescuer.
Immediately they went to work. Divers went into water carefully. They worked for
hours with curved knives cutting off
lines and ropes. Eventually they freed her. When the humpback whale was free, she did not swim away. Instead, the
swam in what seemed like joyous circles. She then came back to each and every
diver, one at a time, nudged them, and pushed gently, seems to thank them for wonderful task they had done. Later, someone told the reporter that it
was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their life. The man who cut
the rope out of her mouth said
her eye was following him the whole time, and he will never forget how her eyes expressed both pleading and
When we have troubles and difficulties, and
others come to help us, do we show our gratitude and thanksgiving towards
them? We are so fortunate to be surrounded by those who love us. Shouldn’t we
try to help others as well? When we were trapped in nets of sin, Jesus came
to save us and deliver us from eternal judgment and brought us into the
family of God. Do we give express thanks all the time? May we all take
actions to preach His gospel and share His grace, in this season of Thanksgiving. I wish you are able to enjoy the joy of giving and receiving gratitude.