On one of our many jaunts together, my husband took me to a state park in Delaware. It was a special place to him during his bachelorhood. It was a place he had visited often with a singles group at his former church. It had a beach and hiking and camping; it had history and conservation. He could go out on a pier and watch the ocean. He could sit and think and talk around a campfire.
He walked with me out on the pier and told me stories. He told me about running into a classmate from his school from decades before and the puzzlement at meeting her out of state instead of in his hometown. He talked about what it took to rent a kayak and take it out to a small lighthouse. He talked about the amenities of the different facilities.
We then hiked to the historical area of the park. On one of the footpaths, there was a picture of a home and lighthouse.
The Cape Henlopen Lighthouse was built in the late 1700’s with money raised by the residents of Philadelphia. The hope was to guide ships loaded with goods safely to shore. It was kept in good repair despite the Revolutionary War and bad weather. The lighthouse was used for around 150 years until it was decommissioned in 1924. It would be well known regional historical architecture site…if it were still standing.
What the people who built it didn’t know was that the place where it was built, the Great Dune, wasn’t solid. The entire hill was a dune of sand with no solid ground underneath. Its foundation would be pounded by wind and wave and Nor’easter until the dune shifted location and the lighthouse fell into the sea in 1926.
People and especially leaders are a lot like that lighthouse. We look really good on the outside. We help others and take care of our responsibilities. We donate money and time. We love our families and provide for their needs. We look solid and shiny.
The reality is we’re human; our foundation of reality is sandy and shifts because all humans fall and fail. When we fall, we can harm others either by falling on them or by removing our false light from their guidance systems.
The only way to truly survive the storms of life is to rely on the true Light of the World to lead us and guide us. He is the only Perfect One. He calms the storm, silences the wind, and quiets the hearts of His children.
May we all reflect the light of the one True Light!