Long summer days. There is nothing better. I was able to take a trip with my beloved around Lake Michigan. Spending days at and around and crossing over the lake, re-confirmed that Lake Michigan is a part of my soul. it is a large pice of my spiritual geography. Many writers explore this notion of nature, geography, place, and the role these play in our spiritual and faith formation. It is so true. What places and geographical realities touch and influence your soul?
Our spiritual life is formed and nurtured by so many influences. I’m grateful that I had the privilege of connecting again with the beauty, expansiveness, smell, and touch of Lake Michigan. We even were able to spend four hours traveling on the Badger Ferry across the lake from Michigan to Wisconsin. It was beautiful. Like coming home to my heart.
The next story in our “Unraveled” series is of Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman at the well outside the city. Not a lake, but the place of water. The place where women gathered to draw water and so much more. But this woman comes at a different time from the other women. She comes to the well alone, at the heat of the day, carrying the shame and rejection of her community members. She is shocked by her encounter with Jesus. This person who knows everything about her, but instead of shame and judgment brings words of life; “the water that I give is like a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” It was like coming home to her beautiful heart. Thank God for Lake Michigan that can bring me home to my heart in a similar way. Like water to a parched and thirsting soul.
13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks from the water that I will give will never be thirsty again. The water that I give will become in those who drink it a spring of water that bubbles up into eternal life.”