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A Safe Hiding Spot

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Some days I just want to play a good game of hide and seek and never be found.  The demands of life sometimes can weigh a person down to the point when everything seems to be like a tornado rather than victorious living.  Day after day of work going the wrong direction or employees who just don’t understand the value of what we do.  Everyday normalcies like eating and sleeping and bathing.  Checking in on family and friends.  Reorganizing the house.  Mowing the grass.  Going to the store for supplies.  Sigh!  The list is ginormous!!!

Can I just rest?  Can I just lay here and breathe?  Perhaps I can just be like a chameleon, so that I can just blend in and no one sees me for a minute.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I love life, but there are times when disconnecting is the best thing I can do:  no phone, no computer…no point of contact.  Just a moment or two with no commitments. Just enough time to rest and re-energize.

These are the times when I know I can climb in my Daddy’s lap and rest.  Times when He is calling me to Him.  Moments of my day when I can just stop and appreciate that He loves me no matter what and He is taking care of all the things of my day.  I remember as a kid climbing up on the couch next to my dad and feeling so safe, so loved, so comfortable…it is the same with God.

Tonight as I was driving home from a meeting I was being wooed by God Himself.  I live within minutes of beautiful Lake Michigan and I was driving the opposite direction to go home and first the cloud structures caught my eye in my mirrors.  Then I began to see streams of color.  For a minute I was going to turn around but it has been a long day and home was calling my name, then the whole view in my mirror got so intense I could no longer ignore it.

As I found a place to change directions I was thinking several things:  I am tired, its getting dark, I am low on gas.  I will miss the sunset anyways.  These thoughts were quietly interrupted by these simple words, “But I just want to show you something.  I long to spend time with you.”  I knew in that moment God was calling me into His lap, so I turned up my worship music and headed towards the lake in search of my surprise.

I did not get far when a deer appeared on the side of the road just as if it was waiting for me to see it before he ran off.  God knows how excited I get when I see deer.  I turn into a five year old on their first visit to the zoo!  As I continued on my journey I saw five more deer who were just standing there long enough for my to take a few photos.  I was pretty excited at what God was showing me.

I arrived at the shores of Lake Michigan just in time to see a thin red line spread across the top of the water, I had missed the sunset, but what I got to see was so much better!  I got to spend some quality quiet time with my Daddy and it was amazing.

 As I drove past the lake the waves were violently crashing as a storm had just gone through and God said, “I will protect you from the crashing of waves and so much more.  Stay with Me here and nothing will touch you.”

Prayer:  Dear Lord, Thank you for the time we get to spend together.  Help me to seek you more rather than hiding from You.  Allow me to feel Your peace all around me.  Allow me to we wooed by You.  Let me be content in the small things you show me.  I love you Lord and the attention to detail You provide in my life.  Thank You for loving me.  Thank You for keeping me safe.  In Jesus Name  AMEN.

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Know It All

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1 NLT

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About a week ago I was captivated by this marvelous sunset on Lake Michigan.  As I was trying to capture its’ beauty I noticed just to the left of the lighthouse flashing blue lights in the water and in summer that only means one thing, they were looking for someone.  I stopped taking pictures and began to pray for the victim and the family, not knowing how long the person had been missing.

I got home and checked Facebook (as we don’t watch television) and discovered a 15 year old young girl had drowned around 7:30 pm and they were trying to locate her.  Her body was actually not discovered until two days later late in the evening.  What a sad tragedy for this family.  We can dwell on the fact that there were warnings.  We can debate whether she was a strong enough swimmer.  We can argue that we should have done something else.  We can blame the city for not enough accessible life rings.  What good would all of that do?  A family has lost a member and that’s where the focus has got to be.

Sometimes we just have to come to a place where we know it was God’s will and we need to be at peace with that.  Does it not say in the Bible that He turns all things to good?  We need to find that place in our existence where we trust all the parts of the Bible and begin to apply it to our lives.  My heart grieves with the family and I fully recognize the loss yet I know God had a plan.  He may have used this to touch the hearts of people in and around the family.  He possibly touched hearts in the community and on the rescue teams.  He  already knew this was going to happen if we believe in Jeremiah 29:11.

All in all I just want to convey that we need to know that we know that we know God is in control.  We need to begin to fully rely on God and trust in His plan for each of our lives.  As my heart goes out to the family,  I pray they recover quickly from the loss of their little girl.  I know God will send comfort to all who are in mourning.  Soon they will be able to see that God was not angry or out to get anyone, He just has plans sometimes which we do not comprehend.