On the right road?

Porterville Recorder - - RELIGION - Judy Low­ery Good News!

A l and I have had the ex­pe­ri­ence of tak­ing wrong turns on many of our trav­els. In­stead of feel­ing frus­trated about be­ing lost, we’ve tried to look at it as “ex­plor­ing” a new area. The GPS on our cell phone has helped us find places eas­ier; how­ever even with the ex­tra help, some­times we still get con­fused and end up ex­plor­ing! Most of the time, I’m the one to blame since the job of chief nav­i­ga­tor falls to me while Al drives.

Re­cently we took In­ter­state 75 from the De­troit area to Michi­gan’s Up­per Penin­sula. On the way, a bill­board with a fa­mil­iar ren­di­tion of the face of Christ peer­ing out at the north­bound traf­fic caught my at­ten­tion. Be­neath the pic­ture of Je­sus was this ques­tion: “Are you on the right road?” I had to laugh! Of course it was meant spir­i­tu­ally and fig­u­ra­tively, but it never hurts to check!

Yes, we were on the right road, with an ex­tra side trip to the Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie, just in time to see a big freighter be­ing trans­ported through the locks from Lake Su­pe­rior to Lake Huron. Ships and var­i­ous ves­sels pass through the locks in both di­rec­tions, mak­ing it a very busy water­way. It was early evening when we fi­nally ar­rived at a rus­tic lit­tle cabin in Mu­nis­ing, along the south side of Lake Su­pe­rior.

On our first full day in the Up­per Penin­sula, Al and I took an af­ter­noon cruise from Mu­nis­ing to see a por­tion of the pic­tured rocks Na­tional Seashore. Lake Su­pe­rior seemed end­less, stretch­ing out as far as one could see un­til the blue sky over­head merged with the teal col­ored wa­ter of the lake. It re­minded me of the Pa­cific Ocean, mi­nus the salty air and ma­rine life.

The cap­tain of the boat gave us a very good tour, com­ment­ing on the ge­ol­ogy and his­tory of that area. Over time, ero­sion from wa­ter, rain and wind have caused the shore­line to be carved into steep cliffs, re­veal­ing lay­ers of sand­stone and di­atoma­ceous earth. As wa­ter ran over the sed­i­men­tary rock, streaks and stripes were formed, thus cre­at­ing the pic­tured rocks. Dif­fer­ent col­ors were caused by met­als in the ground such as iron and cop­per leach­ing out onto the rock.

The scenery was beau­ti­ful and in­ter­est­ing with many arches, flower pot for­ma­tions (land cut off by ero­sion) and caves along the way.

I met a young man named Dar­rell on the cruise who had driven all of the way from Illi­nois to see the UP. He came from De­troit orig­i­nally, but had never been that far north. With­out even spend­ing the night, he in­tended on driv­ing down to De­troit to see fam­ily af­ter the cruise that af­ter­noon. I tried to ex­plain how far it was, but could tell that it didn’t reg­is­ter…fa­mil­iar!

Al and I also had a long trip the next day, driv­ing from Mu­nis­ing up to Cop­per Har­bor, the north­ern­most point of Michi­gan. Cop­per Har­bor was so named for the ex­ten­sive cop­per min­ing in the area about a cen­tury ago. The peo­ple who lived there were, and still are, very rugged in­di­vid­u­als, sur­viv­ing ex­treme con­di­tions in the win­ter. Last year, there was an ac­cu­mu­lated snow­fall of twenty-two feet! Imag­ine!

The next time we go to the Up­per Penin­sula, we will plan on spend­ing more time there. Ex­plor­ing, see­ing new sights, trav­el­ing — al­ways fun, as long as we are on the right road!

Maybe it’s time to stop and check. Do you know where you are go­ing in life? It’s just too easy to take a wrong turn, make a bad choice and end up in a place where you don’t want to be.

“En­ter through the nar­row gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to de­struc­tion and many en­ter through it. But small is the gate and nar­row the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13-14 NIV

“Je­sus an­swered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Fa­ther ex­cept through me.” — John 14:6 NIV Judy Low­ery lives in Michi­gan. The Good News col­umn ap­pears reg­u­larly in The Porter­ville Recorder. You can read more at Judy’s blog, good­newswith­judy.blogspot.com.

PHOTO BY AL LOW­ERY

Rocks Na­tional Lakeshore is a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion on the south shore of Lake Su­pe­rior in Michi­gan's Up­per Penin­sula.

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