Montana Miracle

“Let none that wait on Thee be ashamed . . . Shew me Thy ways, O Lord; teach me Thy paths. . . . All the paths Sometimes you don't need a zoom lens!of the Lord are mercy  and truth unto such as keep His covenant and His testimonies”  (Psalm 25:3a, 4, 10; read on September 25).

Have you ever dreamed of framing mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and a bear all in one photo?

Well, we had never dreamed it was possible either but . . . It is possible—if you’re in the right place at the right time—that is if you are in the center of the Lord’s will, on the lookout, and have your camera ready for whatever He brings. It was certainly such a miracle when, on the afternoon of October 3, the Staddon Brigade reentered the US from Canada, overcame the initial shock of seeing everything covered under a thick blanket of snow, and drove up into the dizzy altitudes of Glacier National Park.

Alertness to detect the slightest movement can turn what appears to be normal scenery into a photographer/animal-watcher's chance of a lifetime.

This is a close-up of the former scene, lower left.This is a close-up of the former scene, high center.This is a close-up of the former scene, mid-right.   




As you hunters know, snow is the ideal backdrop for trying to spot wildlife in the wild. And according to what we were told the snow It seems that God saves first-time-sightings for special occasions.brought the animals down to the valleys where the roads were. Yes sir! There was a Grizzly well within observation range from Many Glacier Road and the next day Jonathan was in the right places at the right times to see four moose in one day!

Back at the Dancing Bears Inn we spoke with a surveyor who had a very different story. He had frequented the park often over the course of the year. Yet, he said, he had not seen a single large mammal to speak of. This made us all the more amazed for God blessing us with such a great number of sightings in such a short time. It had also been James’ goal to plan the trip for when the trees (and not the tourists) would be at their peak. Praise the Lord, the weather turned out to our advantage in every way and the photography opportunities were endless. It really was a perfect answer to prayer. Thank you for your planning by faith James!

After having prayed and planned so much . . .. . . Why did the Lord give us snow and freezing temperatures?Little did we know that the weather God gave on those days WAS the perfect weather we had asked for. Praise the Lord.





Heading back to civilization After only forty-eight hours it was time to leave the park. Still we found the miracles did not cease. We must give God credit for two other miracles, timed in such a way as to leave us full of Driving was somewhat different here than in West Virginia.gratefulness.
First, when we made the mistake of following our GPS 🙂 we found ourselves on several looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong Way out west, mid Montanadirt roads. However because there had been no rain the roads were still drivable and we made it  through with little more complication than an extra layer of dust on the Staddon Wagon—and an  Three-car-caravan on the stretch.excellent viewing of a pheasant flock! (Pheasant were so abundant we could hardly go anywhere without seeing one. Too bad the coyotes weren’t as easy to shoot!)

We found gas between Glacier and the Suttons' Last but not least, and unrelated to the weather, we praise God for helping us locate the gas stations we needed in the backcountry. Maybe I should say gas pumps. We noticed rather early in the operation, spoiled as we are, that there was no shelter of any kind for many of them and we were grateful indeed for a passer-by who showed us how to use the one that was particularly old-On into North Dakota we found White Butte, the highest point in the state. fashioned—and for the children walking down the road who had told us where to find it in the first place! God bless them every one! Such friendly folks made us feel like we were right at home in West Virginia. 🙂

"Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth" (Colossians 3:1)


  1. Esther Staddon October 18, 2012 at 8:47 am #

    It was so much fun to see how the Lord worked these things out. Truly amaizing. 🙂

  2. Crystal October 23, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

    Sounds like an incredible trip!
    What happened with the GPS sounds like something that would happen to us.

  3. The Frazer Family October 31, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    Incredible photo! What a blessing!
    We’ve heard there is a lot of snow in your area of the USA… how are you all doing?
    Thinking of you!
    The Frazer Family


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