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The Noise of Niagara Falls Allowed Me to Hear God

by Ilana Angel

August 13, 2010 | 7:05 pm

I spent today at Niagara Falls with my son.  I had been there as a child, but really had no memory of ever having seen it.  As we turned the corner and headed down the street, you could hear it, and it was magnificent.  When I actually saw it, I started crying, and that was from the car! 

It is majestic and truly beautiful.  It was a glorious sunny day and there she was, in all her beauty, with a huge rainbow floating above.  It made me feel calm and exited at the same time.  You feel something special, and while I’m not sure what it is exactly,  I believe it is God.

We went on the Maid of the Mist boat tour and as we stood on the deck, getting soaked by the falls,  I said a little prayer, spoke to God, and believe he heard me. The falls were very loud, yet there was silence and I felt like each drop of water washed away doubt, sorrow and tension I was holding in. 

Niagara Falls is a lot like Vegas. It’s very commercial and had an exciting but seedy feel to it.  There are parts of it that are quaint,  and parts that are really beautiful.  It’s odd that I would have such a moving experience there, but I did, and it was fantastic.

I was so happy to share the day with my son.  He loved it also, and at the point the boat turned, under the force of the falls, he hugged me and said “God made amazing things huh Mum?”  It was incredible that as I was talking to God, my son was in awe of what he had created.

It was a really great day.  I’m now sitting in my brother’s home with my son sleeping at my feet, and my mother and I watching TV.  I feel safe being so close to my family.  I wish my child could see them more often.  We love being with them and I will cry when I say goodbye tomorrow.

It’s been a wonderful visit and I am sad to leave, but happy to go home.  I can’t wait to see our cats, and sleep in my own bed.  Life is grand, my family is a blessing and God is listening.  I’m heading back happy, healthy and keeping the faith. 

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Ilana Angel writes two blogs for JewishJournal.com. KEEPING THE FAITH is about her worldview as a single Jewish mother, and KEEPING IT REAL is all about reality television....

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