Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Are you missing?

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?"

"Yes!"

"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.

8 comments:

  1. Beautiful picture, and lovely post also. I am so glad your friends are safe.

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  2. @ Christine, I haven't been able to comment on your site- not sure why- but I have been keeping up with your posts. I see others can comment, so I'm just not sure what the problem with my computer is. I'll try to figure it out.

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  3. What a scary story! Perfect ending. ;-)

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  4. wow that's an interesting and scary story. glad they wer fine

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  5. Good to know it turned out well in the end.

    Sometimes the familiar will quickly descend into the uncharted, and only a guiding light can help keep a straight course.

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  6. Very scary. I agree we need our own light.)))

    In this case things worked out but .....glad for your friends

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  7. Oh my I had my heart in my throat....thank goodness, Thank God they are safe!!!!

    And the last bit pierced thru me.....I'm still searching for the light sometimes..... u make me think all the time Anjuli.

    Also loved what Anil P wrote "Sometimes the familiar will quickly descend into the uncharted, and only a guiding light can help keep a straight course."

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  8. @ Jackie, Ajeya, Anil, A and Nancy - thanks for the comments...sorry it took me so long to respond. After I wrote this, I discovered from another source how dangerous it really was for those girls- so yes, I'm thankful they did find their way back safely to shore and this blog post was the only alarming thing to show for the adventure they had!!

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