Jodie Nelson, a Southern California surfer, picked Sudnday of all days, to standup-paddle nearly 40 miles! She was disappionted by some celeberty friends, but GOD came through with a much BIGGER plan! She received inspiration from a WHALE! She credits God for the “miracle” of sending a big fish, not to eat her, but to simply swim along side her for about two hours. This will lead to some WONDERFUL theological debates I’m sure. Following is an excerpt from an article then some GREAT comments that give us amazing insight into the minds of those we share this plantet with!
Watch a video of it here: http://tinyurl.com/yeg48tv Oh Yea, and don’t read over the fact that Jodie Nelson became the first woman to paddle from Catalina to Dana Point. I think that’s pretty significant.
Thursday, April 1, 2010 2:03pm PDT
When Southern California surfer Jodie Nelson set out Sunday to standup-paddle nearly 40 miles from Santa Catalina Island to Dana Point, she hoped it’d inspire her best friend, who has been involved in a long and exhausting struggle with breast cancer, to keep fighting.
Nelson, 34, whose mother and aunt are cancer survivors, also hoped her nine-hour test of endurance would raise money for two cancer charities and heighten awareness about a plight affecting millions of women.
What Nelson could not have known was that a 30-foot minke whale would swim alongside her 14-foot board and accompany the surfer as she stood and paddled for two of those nine hours, thus joining the cause.
“It was a day that all of us involved will never forget,” Nelson said, in reference to Angela Robinson, her best friend, and the rest of a crew aboard an escort boat.
Minke whales are not commonly seen off Southern California, and those spotted by boaters are often elusive. So when a mammal Nelson named Larry joined her endeavor to become the first woman to make this long paddle, she took it as a sign.
“To me it was a total God thing,” the San Clemente resident said. “We prayed at 4 that morning that God would reveal his beauty and creation and nature, and allow me to endure this long trek, so for me it’s not such a huge surprise that this happened.”
Larry did not merely swim close to Nelson. He rolled around repeatedly alongside her and blew bubbles beneath her board. A film crew was on the escort boat and CNN, Fox News and ABC are just some of the networks she says are interested in the story and footage.
Alisa Schulman-Janiger, an American Cetacean Society whale researcher, said minke whales can be friendly but added: “This type of quality encounter is highly unusual.”
Nelson raised only about $6,000 in advance of the paddle, disappoingtingly short of her target of $100,000 for the Keep a Breast Foundation and Boarding for Breast Cancer. A few of her celebrity friends let her down, she said, but when this story reaches a national audience she expects the pool to grow considerably.
“I thought, ‘I don’t need so-and-so,’ ” she said of a particular celebrity, whom she declined to name. “Because I honestly feel like Larry is going to help us reach the $100,000 mark with our fundraising effort.”
Larry or no Larry, completing a standup paddle over 39.8 miles of ocean and sharks speaks volumes about Nelson’s strength, stamina and determination. CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE
AND NOW FOR THE GOOD STUFF, THE COMMENTS!
Reply by natasha robinson April 2, 2010 03:09am PDTReport Abuse
That is so amazing! Awesome, sweet I can’t even find the words to explain. God did come through for Jodie Nelson and He’ll come through for all those persons struggling with cancer! Keep on doing the good work Jodie and may God richly bless ur cause!
Reply by hugedog55 April 2, 2010 05:36am PDTReport Abuse
God Bless you!! What am amazing and inspiring effort!
Reply by rob etheridge April 2, 2010 09:06am PDTReport Abuse
No, the story is about Larry and Breast Cancer awareness. Without that amazing encounter with Larry (an answer to her prayers for God to show her the beauty of His creation), she would have $6000 and that would be the end of it save a few straggling donations. Now, this whale encounter has the opportunity to raise significantly more money bc it put Jodie in the national spotlight.
Why do people like you have to be so negative. That was not religious ‘pimping’ by the journalist. It was a good story. BTW: Minke whales are not normally seen off the cost of Southern California because they prefer icy waters and they have no reason to migrate.
Reply by osaka April 2, 2010 09:15am PDTReport Abuse
I was moved by the story so much to the point that I wanted to find more information. Oddly, I found a story written by Jodie of the journey with absolutely no mention of the whale. http://www.facebook.com/note.php?saved&&suggest¬e;_id=148781175580
It may be a publicity stunt, or maybe I was reading something unrelated somehow. Regardless, this story does not need a stunt, it simply needs publicity. That is an amazing journey with the best intentions, and I hope that she’s able to hit that 100k goal and beyond.
Reply by bigmak April 2, 2010 09:24am PDTReport Abuse
I wonder who the So and SO CELEBRITY BUM is… Expose the Truth!!!
It amazes me how average Americans idolize Celebrities that would never spend even a minute of their free time with any of their Fans…
Just goes to show you how brainwashed everyone is, people should idolize good people like Jodie not the evil mess of greedy Celebrities that just care about making more and more money…
Reply by petem6400 April 2, 2010 10:16am PDTReport Abuse
It all depends on who the celebrities are. Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and others (mostly progressives) not only donate money, but also donate their time to worthy causes (Haiti, Dafur, Katrina rebuild)
Reply by lj032289 April 2, 2010 10:22am PDTReport Abuse
And to “Steve Bazer” (who posted at 10:06a) Man can turn something beautiful like this story into a crushing blow to the spirit. Why would you want to that? Sad for you.
Reply by austinite April 2, 2010 10:29am PDTReport Abuse
To Steve Bazer, God did not send cancer nor it is His will. We, human beings, brought harm to ourselves.. Its because of our sin, yours and mine and of the human race, that death adn disease came into the world. God created the world PERFECT and GOOD.. Its because of sin the world became corrupted, we have lived independent of the Creator God that’s why its the consequence of our own doing – the food we eat, the things we do, if not within His perfect will, brings harm to ourselves. Dont blame God, you should atleast be thankful that God breathe you life.
Did you not lie, did you not steal, did you not take the Lord’s name in vain? Repent for God’s judgment will come upon humanity. That is why Jesus came to save us from our sin for we cannot save ourselves and will never will. Only Jesus can save you. Trust in Him today! for you can be sure of your salvation while you are still alive. For cancer and any disease or calamity can never compare to the hope of eternal life that is ahead for those who puts their trust in Jesus. Peace :>
Reply by ttyme April 2, 2010 10:47am PDTReport Abuse
@Steve – God did NOT send the cancer that kills and afflicts so many! If you are going to speak of God – know His word! It clearly says in James 1:17 that “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” Yes, bad things happen in this world filled with sin. But you would have to read God’s word to understand the origin of our trouble. Pray and then start from Genesis and work your way all the way through Revelation. While you are doing this – continue to pray with an OPEN mind so that the Holy Spirit can guide you into all truth (John 16:13) so that when you are finished you can say that you will actually be able to sound intelligent because you know with confidence what you are talking about. ( 2Timothy 2:15)
Reply by austinite April 2, 2010 11:03am PDTReport Abuse
Steve bazer says :
“Jesus was jewish. When the swarthy, curly haired, woody alan-esque little guy comes back will you try and convert him to your ugly pagan religion too? He actually believed in one God, not a Roman God middle-man “Man-God”. I’ll bet he’s still turning over in his grave when he sees the pain and suffering caused at the hands of “Christians”. You folks are dangerous haters. Please don’t reply to this post. I have no use for your brand of ignorant red-necked.”
Yes Jesus was Jewish in decent but he came to earth not only for the Jews but all humanity including you and me.
True Christians are not dangerous but loving people. Although I dont know you Steve but I love you because you are created in God’s image. God loves you dearly that He doesnt want you to perish in Hell with Satan and his demons. That is why God sent His son to die on the cross on your behalf because you cannot save your self. God has to find a way to take you back with Him. God’s salvation for you is a FREE gift . you dont have to pay for it. Religion, Education, Good works are not the ways that you can be saved. Only the person of Jesus Christ can save you from eternal death. You simply act by faith , repent from all your sins and surrender to Him as your Lord and Savior.
I hope you will heed this advice and hope to see you when He comes back to take true believers to His kingdom.
I know your mom or dad has read you fairy tales and stories while you were little before they tuck you into bed, right? Didnt you wonder why fairy tales and stories touch your heart and all of them have a common theme which is “Happy life, then tradgedy comes, villain appears, Hero comes and fight villain, then Hero wins, then they live happily ever after”? Do you know that deep within our hearts are inscripted the real story of mankind with that same theme?
There will be a Happy ever After Steve.. Now the question is Will you be a part of that? Hope you think about this before you lay to bed
Reply by redleg_fist_05 April 2, 2010 11:46am PDTReport Abuse
What a humorous fight lol. Get a life losers!! God this!, God that!, WHO cares!!! Give me a break!! Every good thing happens god did it! Every bad thing god did it!! What you are is afraid to take responsibility!! You suck!!! yeah big deal a minke whale swam beside Jodie Nelson. God had nothing to do with that. If anything at all he is only responsible for creating the two! No one can start a war or fight like God our savior!!! Yes I said it! God has killed more people than any one cancer or disease ever! That is not here nor there, but if you read this page all you see is arguments! You are all wrong!! If you want to believe something go for it!! Don’t try to sell Stupid to me!!!!
Reply by sweetiebee18 April 2, 2010 12:26pm PDTReport Abuse
im not religious 🙂 i love looking at these stupid fights and listen to arguments… it so funny
Reply by hkmp50 April 2, 2010 12:29pm PDTReport Abuse
The christians are getting as bad if not worse than the taliban in their fanitical convictions. Look, every religion I have ever heard of believe they are right. making every one else wrong. How is that possible? They believe in their convictions so much they are willing to kill others in the name of it , (what ever it is). Just a clue here, any God ( real or perceived) that condones killing of others to perpetuate their beliefs cannot be seriously considered by the sane as ethically correct enough to follow. Just because some one wants to believe in something does not make it true! or every onw would be right…Believe what you want of course, but do not even remotely suggest o me that that whale is somehow God in disguise! What a crock!!!
Reply by jesus can73 April 2, 2010 12:47pm PDTReport Abuse
to all non-believers:
I’m sorry that your stupidity has led you to believe that god is not real. !NEWSWFLASH! read the bible….all the prophecies are being fulfilled as promised..and we are running out of time….so i will be praying for you.
Reply by nevaeh April 2, 2010 12:55pm PDTReport Abuse
Why are you so bitter and scared in believing there may be more to this life than just living and dying? You could possibly open your mind and check out really who the God is we speak about.
Reply by j1778 April 2, 2010 01:53pm PDTReport Abuse
Agreed, accept for the Hell and Heaven part. The 144 thousand make it into heaven, while the rest of Jehovah’s followers make it into paradise. Hell, though, doesn’t even exist! It was used as an example, like the Jew and Samarite. God is loving, and he would not torture even sinners. He says the dead are conscious of nothing, so you can’t feel pain when you are conscious of nothing. Life is a gift, and evil-doers and sinners don’t deserve that gift.
Posted by ctheibault April 1, 2010 05:55pm PDTReply | Report Abuse
This is incredible! A once in a million life times event for certain. I am a cancer survivor (going into my 22nd year) and I wish all the best for this cause. It’s a shame the “celebrity” in question backed out like a douchebag, but thank god for Larry!
Chris Theibault Sr
Reply by lamandag April 2, 2010 07:18am PDTReport Abuse
As of 10:08 AM Eastern time in South GA. she has raised $39,498.01. I think that is amazing. Keep up the good work. And may God richly bless you and your friend Jodie.
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Posted by amwwmaamwwma April 1, 2010 06:05pm PDTReply | Report Abuse
I love these kinds of stories! We need more happy stories like these and not all that depressing political and celebrity crap