Our hearts beat love and encouragement for women across our globe


Lake Superior

Lake Superior

…the Father…does not change like shifting shadows.

James 1:17


This morning, as I sit in an Adirondack chair on the edge of a shrub-covered cliff overlooking the deep, blue waters of Lake Superior, little yellow finches sing around me and loons dive for breakfast. Gulls soar in the crystal clear skies or perch themselves one-legged along the pebble-lined beach below. There is a sweet fragrance of wildflowers in the air.

 “Will heaven smell like this?” I wonder. I take a deep breath and exhale a whispered “thank you” to God. 

When I first approached the cliffs today, I fully expected to find Lake Superior surging and tumbling over itself in white-caps. This gigantic, ocean-like body of water is often in motion. Instead, I discovered that there was hardly a ripple on its surface. It was as smooth as glass and a picture of serenity itself.  But, I know the legends of this big lake the Chippewa tribe once called Gitche Gumee. As calm as it may be this morning, hidden beneath the tides’ gentle lapping lies a shifting shadow, an unsettled stirring. This scene of beauty and tranquility, which elicits such peace in my heart today, can turn abruptly into powerful, life-threatening gales, depending on what weather the wind blows in. 

And much like these changeable waters, our lives, too, alter with unpredictable rhythm.

Today, all may be quiet, our hearts contented, and our circumstances pleasant; tomorrow, all of that may reverse dramatically. The shifting shadow of change lurks beneath the surface of each one of our lives. 

But, that ought not to be cause for alarm for a child of God. We have an anchor for our sea-tossed souls; we have a Father in heaven who does not waver or change like shifting shadows.  

Here at shore’s edge, God reminds me that a day is coming when peace and sweet contentedness will be my lot for all eternity. In the meantime, I breathe in the glory of this moment and take the peace I find here into my unknown tomorrows.

  Thank You, Lord, for scattering tranquil moments like these alongside the troubling ones we encounter in life. They are reminders of what lies in store for those who love You!!

*Dedicated to my precious friend, Mark Johnson...now smelling the sweet fragrance of heaven.



Mountain Dew Slushie
The Gift of Summer
Comment for this post has been locked by admin.


Already Registered? Login Here

By accepting you will be accessing a service provided by a third-party external to https://www.heartmatterspublishing.com/

Subscribe to Heart Matters

Subscribe to Our Blog

Our Latest Book

We Heart Matters Publishing gals care about women. Their joys. Their struggles. Their everyday, ordinary lives. We write from those very same places hoping to uplift, challenge and encourage your soul and deepen your faith.

Heart Matters Publishing Co.

The Heart Matters Gals

  • Julie


    I’m turning 62 this year. I can hardly believe it myself. But, I’ve decided that I no longer want to live comfortably. I want to live with a spirit of adventure like I had in the past. To be unafraid of what’s new or different. I want to remain so open to the Spirit of the living God that his love compels me to go wherever he leads me.
  • LuAnn


    I am passionate about people leaning into all that Jesus is. You. Me. Us. Journeying together with God. This is my greatest blessing. And now that my kiddos are out on their own, I’m learning to navigate my new normal. And I am finding there is life after little ones and teens after all!
  • Emilie


    I am currently finishing my degree in relational communications and plan to graduate in the spring of 2020!! I am thankful I have had time to grow, heal, appreciate a slower pace of living, and to invest more time into relationships with family, friends, and God. Through this process I am learning what I want to prioritize in my life and figuring out ways to make that happen. Most of all, I am figuring out that life is all about process, taking steps closer to where I want to be and celebrating the little victories but also accepting that there will be setbacks and disappointments along the way.
  • Sally


    Sally Cranham is a singer and writer from the UK. She uses biblical narrative and her own experience to write deeply into the heart of the human condition. She currently works as a volunteer for SourceMN as their Arts Outreach Coordinator and has lived as a Residential Volunteer at Source’s anti-trafficking transitional annex alongside women who have come out of the life of prostitution.
  • 1