…the Father…does not change like shifting shadows.
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.