Lake Chelan is a large lake...I don't need to go into the details about how large it is because I already did that in a blog entry during the last blogathon. Why am I repeating myself than, about how big Lake Chelan is? Well, something happened last night which drove home the bigness of the lake.
Two young women, Heather and Teresa, decided to take a canoe out on the lake. The sun shimmered on the water, even though it was 9.30 pm. They rowed out to the half way point as the sun slid behind the hills. At 10 pm, the sun disappeared as if someone had reached up to turn off the light. Darkness enveloped the entire lake and the two young women were no where to be seen.
At first we waited patiently, assuming they would be paddling their way back to the dock. A little after 10.30 pm, we begin to get a bit worried because no matter how our eyes strained we could not see any proof they were still on the vast lake. We called up some locals in the area to ask what we should do and they immediately informed us of how dangerous it was for the two girls to be out on the Lake in the dark. The police were alerted and we soon received a call from them- we didn't realize it is actually illegal for someone to go out on the lake after dark without a light. A speed boat could accidentally crash into them.
We stood out on the dock and prayed for the girls to return safely. After what seemed like an eternity (but it was probably only 20 minutes), we heard the distant sound of Heather's laughter. We stopped waving our rescue lights and shouted, "Heather and Teresa- is that you?"
"Are you alright?"
"Oh we are fine, we see you. We will be there soon." Their voices echoed across the still waters. I could tell they were in high spirits. They had been enjoying themselves and did not even realize they had been in danger.
I was thinking about the entire incident this morning. How many times do we go off rowing through life when darkness suddenly engulfs us and we assume we are fine. We don't even realize we need a light to show us the way. We rely on other people's light to direct our path, but we need our own light.
Jesus said, "I am the light of the World, whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." (John 8:12) Thankfully no matter how dark things get in life, I have the light to guide me.