God built lighthouses to see people through storms. Then he built storms to remind people to find lighthouses.― Shannon L. Alder
We visited two lighthouses on Lake Erie yesterday
Marblehead, Ohio built in 1821 and placed in service in 1822 – the oldest lighthouse on the Great Lakes
of course, adventurous Bill climbed the 77 cast iron steps to the top
while my claustrophobic self happily stayed on ground!
Here is an old video if you are interested. The park has been upgraded since this video taken in 2012:
Then we went to the lighthouse at Port Clinton
in addition to seeing the structure, we learned some facts
Lighthouses and beacons are towers with bright lights and fog horns located at important or dangerous locations. They can be found on rocky cliffs or sandy shoals on land, on wave-swept reefs in the sea, and at entrances to harbors and bays. They serve to warn mariners of dangerous shallows and perilous rocky coasts, and they help guide vessels safely into and out of harbors. The messages of these long-trusted aids to navigation are simple: either STAY AWAY, DANGER, BEWARE! or COME THIS WAY!National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Bill’s climb to the top was much shorter this time
The light was beautiful!
Here’s a video tour if you are interested:
“I had forgotten how much light there is in the world, till you gave it back to me.”― Ursula K. Le Guin
People can serve as lighthouses too
Yesterday, I saw a few of mine throughout the day:
Bill ― who is my love and my light in the storm in many ways.
Before we went lighthouse hunting we ate breakfast with son, daughter-in-love, and grandlittles
The breakfast was to celebrate both Mother’s and Father’s days because sickness ravaged their household last month
Their family is certainly a light in my darkness – bringing me safely back to shore more times than they realize
After our explorations, we visited my childhood friend Mary
A constant throughout my whole life, she is more like a sister. I cannot remember my life without her in it
On Father’s Day, today, my thoughts are drawn to my Dad who was a great influence in my life
I miss him so much…
But the greatest lighthouse and beacon in my life is Jesus, who said,
I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.John 12:46
Many times while praying the answers have reminded me of the signals from a lighthouse
“STAY AWAY, DANGER, BEWARE!
COME THIS WAY!
the circumstances or people that were not right for me were turned away
but the ones meant for me stayed
God has remained faithful throughout
to guide my path
even when my eyes were closed to His light
My hope for you today is that you have lighthouses to guide your journey through life
and most importantly
keep your eyes open so you can recognize them
XO Lisa ❤️