– Secret Place Insights –
Dear One in April of 1962, in the spring of my junior year of high school my husband, Ron, and I had our first date. We had dinner at the Marina Restaurant on the lake in Cadillac. At that time, we both lived in the farming community of McBain. In those days, a date was reason to dress up. The boy would arrive early and sit in the living room with the parents and wait for his date to finish getting ready. For Ron, waiting for me got to be routine. One evening my mother said to him, “Afraid she is not ready yet.” According to Mother, Ron replied, “She is worth waiting for.” However, after a few years of marriage, to no one’s surprise, waiting for me did lose some of its charm.
The restaurant eventually closed and sat vacant for years. But this year, in 2020, after being beautifully remodeled, it reopened under the name of Dockside Inn. Since my brother lives in Cadillac, and it was his turn to choose the eatery for our monthly sibling and spouses dinner, he invited us to dine there.
So it was at the Dockside Inn, on a Saturday evening, that the six of us, which included, my sister and spouse, were guided to a lovely second floor where tables hugged a tall window-wall on the water’s edge. Our view was a masterpiece of wide-open sky, serene blue water and a tree-lined shore gloriously displaying the ultimate in fall colors.
Soon after being seated, my sister-in-law noticed an awe inspiring reflection in the window. The five of us followed her gaze to discover an image of the American flag hanging in the sky like a mirage. It was breathtaking, inspiring, for it seemed to offer hope in the midst of a turbulent political season. Immediately, we began taking pictures. At the tables near us our excitement awaked curiosity, but after moving for a quick look-see, all the others sat down…seemingly mystified.
It was then that I realized that the refection was not visible to the others…but not because it wasn’t there. Their perspective was off, disappointingly leaving the seen unseen.
And just like that, there it was, another example of the Christian walk. In this world, there is a reflection of God’s glory, His goodness, His mercy that is nearly always evident to those with spiritual eyes. But sadly, those without such a perspective, are distracted from the things of God by the things of this world. Oh, that all would, for they could, gaze upon the Almighty Lord with seeing eyes.
Open My Eyes That I May See
Hymn by Clara H. Scott
Verse 1 – Open my eyes, that I many see Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me;
Place in my hands the wonderful key That shall unclasp, and set me free.
Verse 2 – Open my ears, that I may hear Voices of truth Thou sendest clear;
And while the wave-notes fall on my ear, Everything false will disappear.
Verse 3 – Open my mouth, and let me bear gladly the warm truth everywhere;
Open my heart, and let me prepare love with Thy children thus to share.
Refrain: Silently now I wait for Thee, ready, my God, Thy will to see;
Open my eye, illumine me. Spirit divine!
“I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in
order that you may know the hope which he (God) has called you,
the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints…”
Ephesians 1:18 NIV
For a printed copy, with or without photo, click green dot on left side at the bottom of this page.
If you would like a Monday reminder, and quick link, in your email to next week’s post, just sign-in at the secure registry at the top of this page, and click GO. For a private conversation, please write your message on the Contact page found at the right on the Home page.