Last week we visited Mackinaw City and saw Mackinac Island in the distance. If you missed that post you can read it here.
Today we are taking the ferry over to the island. As you wait in line to board everyone is happy and excited. Their excitement rubs off and you feel it too. The breeze from the lake whispers across your face, the sun’s warmth caresses you. It’s going to be a great day.
Once you board the ferry you can sit on top in the open air (if it’s not freezing, although some people sit up there no matter what) or you can sit inside. I like to sit by the window so I can get a good view of the island as we approach.
Soon we are moving along, it’s a short ride, about twenty minutes. As we ride the island becomes more clear. The beautiful cottages dot the landscape and the anticipation grows. You see the Grand Hotel, you’ve heard so much about it. The Fort spreads across the green grass.
Once we dock and get off the ferry we enter the downtown area of the island (see picture above). This is the busiest part of the island. Everyone spends time here. The street is lined with bikes (no motorized vehicles allowed on the island), shops and restaurants. The clomp of horses hooves fill your ears and pleasant and unpleasant smells fill our nostrils 🙂
I spent all of my childhood in this part of the island whenever we visited. I really thought that was all there was to the place. Even when my husband I visited the first few times together we only ventured a little ways away from the downtown area.
Like I said, this where everyone spends the majority of their time and maybe there are even people like me who never moved away from this busy area.
This is like everyone who comes to know Jesus. We are start here, this is the more populated place in our faith journey, the beginning, the place we land. We may venture a little ways from the norm but it can become uncomfortable getting away from everyone else and soon we may turn back around.
This is the place where we are served and eat and shop. Looking for things that will please us, we can take what we want and leave the rest.
When we’re hungry we can find food. When we’re not we can just hang out. We can eat and eat and eat, take and take and take. But if we stay here long we will get fat. We need to exercise our faith and go to the places where we have to rely on God to sustain us. Where we can give back. Where we can truly enjoy His creation.
The other danger of staying in this highly populated area of our faith, so close to the mainland, is that you can still see the ferries. When the storms of life come or the pressures of the world start to burn, we can be easily persuaded to jump back on the ferry and go back to where we came from.
If we travel away from the beginning stages of our faith and the storms come (and they will) we have no choice but to stick it out and find shelter in The Almighty because the ferries aren’t anywhere in sight, we can’t even catch a glimpse of the mainland.
Staying in this populated area of our faith might feel safe but we will never be satisfied and we will miss all that Jesus has for us. There’s so much more to this fabulous island and the same is true of our faith, of loving Jesus. There’s more, but it takes effort, you might have to pay a cost for it, but it will be worth it.
Next week will explore more of the island. See you there.
Where are you? Are you hanging out with everyone else? Do you still feel like you are in the beginning of your faith or have ventured away from those beginning stages to pursue all that Jesus has for you?