Spring at the LightHouse

When the weather is as nice as it has been the last few days, something deep in my spirit makes me long to be outdoors, to be in the presence of nature. If you listen, you can hear the world of the sky, the rustle of the leaves and the rippling of the water. They can teach you if you listen. They can make life simpler, peaceful and fulfilled.

But, you have to pay attention. Be still, be able to touch and feel, and yes…wait. By nature, I am not a quiet or patient person – it is the Lord and His creation that have slowed me down enough to see and hear the stories of nature.

From the time I was small, I have loved to take walks, ride bikes and travel. But it has been in the small moments of time that I have felt the presence of the creator of all things. I am not just traveling, walking, biking, swimming or planting my way though life. Nor am I just rescuing children in medical crisis, shipping relief aid or coordinating medical/surgical teams. I am observing the details, breathing in the air and listening to the sounds that surround me.

The loudest message to me has always been, “Be Still and Know That I am God” (Psalms 46:10). The point is to be quiet and receptive, to watch and listen.

Quite often guests will stop by the LightHouse and just sit. Sometimes they intend to stay for just a short time, but sometimes those few moments turn into hours, days, months or perhaps years. During their time of volunteering or working, they become like family.

It is no secret that people of all ages find healing and restoration through contact with others or through nature. We know that planting and growing things, and observing rocks, trees, mountains, rivers and oceans are uplifting. God’s creation is soothing to the soul. However, Reaching Out and Serving Others does something undefinable and positive for the human spirit, especially when the Lord is involved.

Spring has most certainly arrived here at the Children’s LightHouse.