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My husband and I recently spent a week traveling through Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  Our first attempt at seeing the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore failed since all the boat tours were cancelled due to high winds, so we began looking for plan "B", which turned out to be a delightful (if not cold and damp) tour of waterfalls in the area. 
Adjusting our plans to stay an extra day paid off; we were pleased to find that the 10:00 a.m. tour was a "go", at least with the footnote that if the weather got too bad the ship would turn around and return to port. 
Bundled in our winter coats - plus a newly purchased hat and gloves for me - we made our way on board.  Normally we'd choose to ride out in the open on the upper deck, but with it barely 40 degrees, rainy and windy, we opted to ride below deck with everyone else.  Once we reached the Pictured Rocks, however, my husband and a few other brave souls faced the elements to get clear photos, while the rest of us sensible (and already freezing) people spread out along the windows below.  (Taking a cruise in mid-October, on a boat less than a quarter full does have its advantages!)

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Unfortunately, you'll have to use your imagination.  Due to a camera glitch, all those gorgeous photos Bob stood out in the cold rain for managed to disappear somewhere between the camera and the computer, never to be seen again...
By the grace of God I took a mere two photos, now known as the only photos, through the windows below deck.  This sight was so interesting; I knew God had a message for me in it.

There, standing on a rock, is a lone pine tree.  With all the trees around, it initially blended in, at least until it occurred to me that trees don't grow on rocks!

Back at the dock, I read a newspaper article about the regular occurrence of Lake Superior reclaiming some of the Pictured Rocks.  Each year, a bit more of the rock wall crumbles, eventually making its way into the lake.  Initially this tree stood on an arch, but many years ago the arch gave way, leaving this solitary pine tree standing on a stone pedestal. 

How does it survive?

If you look closely you can see roots stretching horizontally from the tree to the shore.  This tree sent out roots to connect with its source of nutrients back when it had the arch of rock to support them.  Being firmly rooted, the tree was able to stand despite the foundation crumbling from beneath it. 

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock." ~ Matthew 7:24-25

Here we were, the rain coming down, the winds blowing and beating against the tree, yet it did not fall, even with the foundation long ago disintegrated out from under it. 

Have you ever felt like your world was crumbling beneath you?

Jesus is the Rock you can turn to in times of trouble, but as we learn from this pine tree, the best time to turn to Him is before the crisis hits.  We never know when our world is going to come crashing down around us.  By strengthening our relationship with Him when skies are calm, we'll find ourselves on a firm foundation when the earth gives way.

Father, I lift up to you those who feel right now that their world is crumbling around them.  May you be their Rock, their source of strength during this difficult time.  I pray that the rest of us would seek you now, giving us a firm foundation for the storms we are sure will eventually come. 


Linking up with: "Tell Me a Story", "Soli Deo Gloria", "Titus 2sdays", "Teach Me Tuesdays", "God Bumps and God Incidences", "Word-Filled Wednesday", "Into the Word Wednesday" , "Thought Provoking Thursday", "Thankful Thursday"

12 Responses so far.

  1. Jerralea says:

    Lisa, thank you for sharing this with us! What a great illustration of building your house on the rock - and you were so wise to point out that the tree had put its roots out firmly a long time ago so that it was able to stand.

    So glad you didn't lose that photo!

  2. What an amazing story about the tree and the rock. Your adventure with the water falls and eventually the boat ride was certainly plan B then plan A. Thank you for sharing at Tell Me a Story!!

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  4. Ugochi says:

    This is amazing...God is amazing, a literal picture of what He wants us to do in Him. Thanks a lot for sharing, I will keep standing on THE ROCK, doing what He says, The Holy Spirit is my helper.
    Visiting from Teach Me Tuesdays, thanks a lot for sharing this amazing post. Have a super blessed day!

  5. Anne says:

    Awesome picture and what a wonderful reminder for us to always stand on and with Him.

  6. Lisa, thank you for sharing this amazing picture! It's a beautiful depiction of our relationship with Jesus...our rock, our strength, our refuge. I especially appreciated your prayer. My world is a bit 'crumbly' right now and I'm so thankful for Jesus, my firm foundation. Excellent post.
    Thanks for visiting today!

  7. oh WOW, that last one was amazing!!! I guess I wouldn't be too upset if that was the only one that made it, I can't imagine what the others must look like. What a great story to go with it, it goes perfectly with the verse.

  8. Great shot and revelation!

  9. Kathleen says:

    I had to smile... Trees don't grow on rocks - ! Living in the Black Hills I am AMAZED at how many trees grow on, in or around rocks! And I am grateful my husband built our house on rock -- :) Bless You!

  10. Falen says:

    I am lovin this photo and post!! That is incredible, just as God's truths are incredible! Thank you for sharing at Into the Word Wednesday!!


  11. Kelly says:

    How cool is this!!!! Wow!! I LOVE this story and the reflection of our AWESOME God in it!!!

  12. Cami says:

    Thank you for sharing your heart and your memories!
    Thanks for linking up <3

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