Not many people understand how awesome Michigan is. You might not know that the state nickname is "The Great Lakes State." And if you haven't lived here you might not understand that that means Michigan touches 4 out of 5 of the Great Lakes..... almost half of our counties actually touch one of the Great Lakes too. These lakes aren't really lakes at all, they're inland oceans. They're ringed with miles of beautiful beaches and skyscraping sand dunes. You can't see across them. There are whitecaps to play in but no scary sea creatures or pesky salt water. Between those mammoth wonders and all the little lakes of Michigan, you can't be within our state boundaries without being within 6 miles of a lake. You want coastline? Forget Florida and California, check out Michigan! Michigan boasts 3,126 miles of coastline! If we called the Great Lakes oceans, which they really deserve, that puts Michigan just trailing California in miles of coastline......more coastline than Hawaii!! I have a t-shirt that says "If you seek a pleasant penninsula, look about you!" That's the well deserved state motto of my favorite state worn by a proud Michigander.
We took our church's teens to the Upper Penninsula (yes, we have two...and they're both equally pleasant!) to bask in the wonder of Michigan last week. We drove off the grid....out from under the umbrella of cell phone service and GPS direction and then got out and hiked to coastline that only your feet and mapping skills can take you to.
And we were in AWE.....
19 iThe heavens declare the glory of God,
One of our teens said it well around the campfire that night.....knowing who made all this beauty makes it mean so much more to us. Every good and perfect gift comes from above, from the Father of lights.... there was no random view that we encountered along the hiking path. Each vista, the deep blue of the lake and the sounds of the songbirds along the path, every detail that made us catch our breath were gifts given by a good Father who loves his kids and wants us to know what He's like.
Not only did this good Father speak to us through the beauty of the world, but He also gave us His Word.....more reviving than the water in your bottle after a 10 mile hike!
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple;
enlightening the eyes;
sweeter also than honey
We are in AWE of God because of the beauty of Michigan, and in AWE of God because He has spoken directly to us in His Word. How can we not want to throw back our heads, open wide our hearts and give every breath, every movement, every word of our mouths and meditation of our hearts back to Him as a Thank You?
Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
Hiking with these teens in the beauty of Michigan was a satisfying way to spend a week. Michigan really rocks.....and so does God because He made it just for us! Thank you God for making Michigan for me, and thank you Michigan for making me love God even more!!
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