Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Riding on the water...

There is just something about being on a ferry boat and making a water crossing that I love.
While in Ohio over the weekend, my sister Sally and I took a ferry out to Kelley’s Island in Lake Erie to spend a great day together. I love the smells, the sounds, and the sights of being on the water.

Last night, Tim and I crossed Lake Michigan by a huge ferry, from Ludington, Michigan, to Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Trailer trucks, cars, and several motorcycles were carefully loaded and secured for the passage. This ferry route used to even carry railroad cars back and forth. We left at 8:00 P.M. with a hazy setting sun. It was fun to feel the power of the engines and the surge of being underway. People gathered on the lighthouse pier waved as we went by.

Four hours later we could see the lights of the shores of Wisconsin. However, it almost felt as if we were staying in one place in the water, not really hurrying on to the port destination. The captain had slowed things down, and in a minute, we could see why.

The actual harbor entrance was so narrow it looked like the huge ferry could not get through. We could see a tiny winking light to mark the channel entrance as the boat “inched” forward, but the opening appeared a bit precarious. All of a sudden, a great beam of light came from the top of the boat hitting the channel entrance points. Swinging side to side, this amazingly bright beam clearly found the channel markers and rock piers, and the boat effortlessly glided into port. It was so cool!

The verse from Psalms popped into my head at that moment – “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” We can be like that ferry, loaded with all kinds of stuff and unsure of just where to go, and then God is right there guiding us with His Word, helping us to make it through that portion of our journey.

This trip has been full of reminders of God. We continue to praise Him for each moment along the way.

P.S. Carlos Padilla is on our Facilities Team and many people don't get to see him in action. But this guy is AWESOME and makes a huge difference at The Crossing. Serving Heros, Robin & Kim Canada contribute in many ways in many ministries. Thank you both for all you do!! Donna Cramsie's life has been impacted over the last couple of years and you won't want to sign off before reading her story.