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Climbing Down to Stand UP

Point Reyes Light Station, California
Considered the foggiest and windiest station in the US with wind gusts up to 133 mph.

            My husband and I have always enjoyed visiting, and climbing, lighthouses.  Pieces of nautical, historical interest, they come in all shapes and sizes.  We are intrigued by all.  They stand short and stumpy, tall and regal, romantic, or industrial.  They stand on sandy beaches, high craggy bluffs, or cling precariously to the very edge of impossible bits of land.  Their purpose is clear.  They are to stand, shine, guide, and warn – no matter what.
            Each of the lighthouses we have visited thus far requires a short hike TO, and then a climb, UP.  Not so at Point Reyes, California when in November 2010, we arrived at the top of the mountain, only to discover that to reach the lighthouse, we would have to hike DOWN the 308 steps on the edge of a cliff, with winds of 40 mph.  Winds above that magnitude would be capable of lifting us off the face of the craggy cliff, and blowing us away forever.  The park ranger assured us that the winds had dropped to a mere 39 mph. and we would be safe to hike, provided we “hung on.”  (Pretty close call at best). 
            On that day when we attempted to make that descent, I couldn’t help but think of the purpose of the lighthouse at the bottom of this wild craggy hillside.  It is the same as the romantic, graceful lighthouse silhouetted by the wind-swept palm trees on a sandy beach.  STAND.  If it does not stand, there will be no light, no guide, no warning.  God wants me to be His lighthouse.  He desires that I stand, wherever He has planted me, in whatever circumstances He has allowed in my life – to stand. To stand firm and unwavering against all the storms that may howl around my very foundation is His desire.  Whether lifted high, or brought low, Lord, help me be “always steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as [I] know that [my] labor is not in vain in the Lord” ( I Corinthians 15:58).

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