Alaska is a beautiful place. Every morning I looked out from my front porch at the mountains, a bay from the ocean and a glacier. The beauty was all around me. I had a mother moose with her two calves walk through the yard frequently. Sandhill cranes nested near our house and I could hear them honking as they flew over. I have watched them walk across the yard with the little ones following behind. They are beautiful creatures.
Alaska is an amazing place if you love the outdoors. I have caught an 87 pound halibut. I have caught dozens of salmon. The fish are big and beautiful. My favorite time of the year was catching Dolly Varden on the Anchor River in the fall. The cold dark waters and the fish that appear out of nowhere are breathtaking.
I could go on and on all day about the sights and sounds of Alaska. If you have never been there, you should go once to see it. It is an amazing place to visit.
With all of that beauty I have come to a clear understanding of what I will miss the most about Alaska. I will miss the people.
Honestly, there are a lot of amazing places in the world. There is beauty all around us if we stop to look, but people are unique. I would be lying if I told you that I would miss everyone. In fact, to be truthful, there are some people I am glad I will never have to encounter again. But most of the people I knew are full of love and life and the faith that unites us all as believers. I have come to clearly understand what Paul meant when he said to the Church at Philippi, “I thank my God every time I remember you.”
I heard a preacher once encouraged every believer to write down a list of the people who have impacted your life for God. Then go through those names one by one and thank God for each person. The world is a beautiful and amazing place but people are the real treasure.