Did you know that there are 129 lighthouses in Michigan? There are 42 on Lake Superior, 43 on Lake Huron, and 44 on Lake Michigan. We’ve seen dozens of them. (I would have said “most” until I realized just how many there really are). No two are alike; each is unique, and all of them are picturesque. Our local favorite is the Grand Haven Lighthouse, which is being totally refurbished and will include a museum when it’s completed. Did you know that the Big Bay Point Lighthouse on Lake Superior
just north of Marquette also runs a bed and breakfast?* Wouldn’t it be fun to stay at a lighthouse? Actually, quite a few of the lighthouses have conservancies to help care for them where you can volunteer for a two-week stint in the summer
serving as a host and giving tours. While we were at Ludington State Park recently, we visited the Big Sable Lighthouse. We climbed the stairs to the top for spectacular views of the Lake Michigan Coastline, visited their museum and gift shop, watched a video,
and heard tales about rescues and shipwrecks. Seeing a list of all the ships that have sunk in Lake Michigan
made me appreciate lighthouses even more! Thousands have shipwrecked and lost their lives because they had no light
to guide them safely through the storms. Spiritually, God calls us to be like lighthouses to draw others toward Him.
“God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (1 John 1:5-7). Are you walking in the light? Can others see the light of God’s presence in you?
“Rescue the Perishing”
Refrain: “Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,
Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.” (~from Fanny Crosby’s hymn, “Rescue the Perishing,” 1869…in the era when hundreds of lighthouses were being built!)
- Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,
Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave;
Weep o’er the erring one, lift up the fallen,
Tell them of Jesus, the mighty to save.
- Though they are slighting Him, still He is waiting,
Waiting the penitent child to receive;
Plead with them earnestly, plead with them gently;
He will forgive if they only believe.
- Down in the human heart, crushed by the tempter,
Feelings lie buried that grace can restore;
Touched by a loving heart, wakened by kindness,
Chords that were broken will vibrate once more.
- Rescue the perishing, duty demands it;
Strength for thy labor the Lord will provide;
Back to the narrow way patiently win them;
Tell the poor wand’rer a Savior has died.
(* Photo of Big Bay Point Lighthouse from their website; I took the rest.)