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A Safe Harbor

The sun rises over a sleepy Duncan Bay Marina on Lake Huron in Cheboygan, MI
opposite Shannon's parent's home in early September 2012. 

Heading in to drop off our boys at school before work, I was driving down M-22 (a beautiful, scenic roadway that hugs much of Leelanau County's pristine coastline), passing by the Elmwood Township Marina.  It was just after 7am, and the weather was dramatic: thick clouds hung low overhead, with a misty squall falling in sheets out over Grand Traverse Bay.  While rollers and white caps defined the surface of the bay, I was struck by the condition of the water within the confines of the marina's harbor; it was mirror-like, just as calm and flat as its' boats were still, all tied up safe and snug at their moorings.  That image could just as well have been a metaphor for life here in Northern Michigan; an island of solitude in the midst of an otherwise restless world.

Phil snapped this picture next to the Great Lakes Maritime Academy
on his way home from work tonight; the Old Mission Peninsula
is in the background. Amazing!

So often, we hear from visiting friends of how special this place is, how much they love to come here, and more, how much they hate to leave.  We agree.  There is a reason for that; we need a safe harbor from the storms of life just as much as mariners do from the sudden, unpredictable gales that our Great Lakes are known for.  Northern Michigan, what with its pure waters and lush forests, is very much that kind of place where people can slow down, rest, and recharge.  The image this morning of that quiet, still-sleepy harbor of refuge against the backdrop of a churning bay only reminded us of what a privilege it is to live and work in an area known for such profound natural beauty, a place that harbors a serene stillness that is as deep as it is abiding.  As in nature, so in life.  May we never take such beauty for granted.  Soli Deo Gloria.

Another "View of the Bay" from M-22 early tonight.