Matching tee shirts, lots of laughter, card games and fireworks. Canada Day was one for the books this year! I got to spend the day with my boyfriend’s extended family from “Lab” as they call it and from Manitoba, it is so special getting to spend time with them. We got to witness Canada Day 150 from Assiniboine Park through country music and fireworks. It was a really great experience!
When we got to the park for the fireworks there were a lot of people. We managed to find a spot to put our chairs and stuff. Turns out we picked a spot behind a young family so we had a lot of jumping up and down and screams when the fireworks started. It was really nice seeing the joy that fireworks can bring to the childlike heart. At first I wasn’t to happy about how they would block my view of the fireworks but after a bit I learned to appreciate their joy. On top of that I wasn’t to impressed with the the fireworks but hearing people enjoying them made me want to enjoy them. By the end of the display I was enjoying them. Of course it's to be expected that at a celebration for Canada's 150th birthday that there will be a lot of people… well correct, there were a lot of people! So many in fact that it took us 30 minutes to walk out of the park!
While standing in the middle of a claustrophobic amount of people, where if you stand on your tiptoes and look over their heads and can't see an end in any direction you may start to feel slightly powerless. I did. I'd look and see basically no end to people and my mind automatically went to the terrorist attacks. How would I get out. I was slightly ashamed of myself as I gripped my boyfriends hand tighter. The last thing I wanted was for us to get separated. I still don't know what I would've done if something had happened but my fear left instantly when a man spontaneously started singing “Oh Canada”. As soon as the crowd heard it more and more people joined in creating a beautiful course of 100s maybe 1,000’s of people singing “...from far and wide oh Canada we stand on guard for thee. God keep our land, glorious and free…” those words hold so much meaning and after that moment I felt like we were all on the same page. We came to celebrate this free country we live in and we were all grateful for the peace that it holds. Yes Canadians are known for saying sorry and mostly without actually being sorry but I feel like we have a bond over knowing we are Canadian and we live in a peaceful country. Manitoba is called friendly Manitoba and I have it from some immigrants that we are actually friendly! And I think Canada as a whole is a very friendly nation. (I'm sorry if you've had bad experiences)
But like I said before I was scared. In Canada wild and bad people still exist and take lives unnecessarily. I live in the province with the murder capital of Canada in it. That's a little unnerving and I have felt unsafe at times in the city. Christ has me though. I'm slowly but surely learning to give him that fear. Living a life constantly afraid is no life to live, so why live it?! It drains you! No one is perfect and it is a daily surrender for me to give my dreams, fears and life to God. It's rewarded though!He promises to never leave His sons and His daughters! You are not one in a million, are stand alone as His Child and He sees you as one person. He will protect, if you are in Him you are covered by His proverbial wing.
“But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You. For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield. (Psalms 5:11 NKJV)