Part of our vacation this year (and last) we visited Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. I love this part of our state. So much untouched land. Trees for miles and miles (which can get a bit boring on long drives). But there are so many treasure hidden in this beautiful part of the Michigan.
One of these treasure we discovered last year when we visited was Pictured Rocks. Wow. Talk about seeing God’s glory. He totally out did Himself.
There are a couple of ways you can view pictured rocks. One is to get on a boat and see them from a distance or you can hike to get to them. Last year we braved it and hiked to Chapel Rock. It was a long six-mile hike but worth it and we decided to do another hike this year.
We decided to go to Mosquito Beach.
As we started our hike we start with a lot of energy. I remember even thinking to myself I don’t
know why I think this is hard, I have a lot of energy.
But, the further we moved from the beginning of our hike and closer to the middle the muddier it got. Those who live in Michigan know we’ve gotten an ABUNDANCE of rain this year. So much so farmers had trouble getting everything planted in time.
Patrick lead. the two kids were next and I followed behind. When we came to muddy areas Patrick would find a way around it. However, my nine-year-old son being a normal gotta-try-it-own-way-boy would often try to find HIS own way. Inevitably, he would end up having to backtrack and go the way his dad had gone.
All this extra maneuvering added extra time to the hike and about halfway through we were all wondering if it was worth it. We were getting muddy and tired.
Finally, the sound of water met our ears and we knew we were getting closer. Before we knew it there was a beautiful sight. A beach of exquisite rock and Lake Superior. Ah.
We walked around and then found a “rock bench” that we felt God provided just for us to sit and eat our lunch. We found rest and nourishment while being surrounded by our Creators handiwork.
This is like our spiritual journey. When we first come to know Jesus we are excited we
start out with tons of energy and think nothing can stop us now. But the truth is even if we know Jesus we will encounter mud, detours, things that will discourage us. Jesus never promised no troubles but He did promise to never leave us.
Just as my husband lead us around the yucky parts Jesus leads us around or through the yucky parts of life. However, we have a choice and we can go our own way. But like my son we usually find out our Father knows best and end up following Him eventually. For some of us we may wonder from the path longer than others but we do find our way back and our Father is waiting for us ready to lead us on.
The end will come, we must watch and listen for signs and maybe without warning you will be standing in the beauty of it all. You will see that all the muck was worth the end result, we did. You will find rest and nourishment in the presence of your Creator who made all for you. He was thinking of you the whole time, guiding, directing, loving.
Where you right now? Are you just starting out, full of energy, nothing can stop you?
Or are you following your Father’s lead even though it’s hard, it’s not easy, do you have your eyes on Him?
Or are you on the beach, taking it all in? Sitting in His presence, resting in Him?
Whatever your answer know that Jesus is with you and in the end you can say, “It was worth it all.”
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3 NIV