If You Seek…

12 Oct


I’m in Michigan, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to be clear, for vacation in the town in which I grew up.

The Michigan Motto is: If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you. (Or for you Latin buffs: Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice.)

The wording is a little outdated, and doesn’t have that marketing ring to it (so now there is also “Pure Michigan”), but it really is the heart of this state.

First a geography lesson. Most people think of Michigan as the mitten part surrounded by the Great Lakes. That is only half of the state and where trolls live (because they are under the bridge – check out the Three Billy Goats Gruff.) The better half is farther north, connected to the mitten by the Mackinaw Bridge. While I obviously favor the Upper Peninsula, or da U.P., and I am a Yooper, both peninsulas are really beautiful. Everyone reading this post should come and see for yourself!

Now, back to the motto. The state is gorgeous, but sometimes, only if you seek beauty. Even the urban sprawl is usually near water where sunsets and deep blue reflections can transform crumbling industrial sites into pretty vistas. Looking for beauty is also important for those of us who have lived in places surrounded by natural wonders, because always having access can dim the view and numb the soul to how glorious the scenery is. Being back in my hometown after 30 years I see it all with fresh eyes and can’t get enough. That wasn’t always the case when I lived here, though.

Even this morning I overheard a conversation in the hardware between a tourist and a resident:

“Last night we just sat on the beach and watched the sun set into the hills.”
“You know, I need to do that more often. I just get so busy, I forget to take the time time do that.”

It’s easy for me to see God here. In the boundless deep blue of the lake, in the unending glory of golden and crimson foliage, in the chatter of aspen leaves to the wind. Everywhere I look. Everything I hear. I see and hear Him.



“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jer 29:13. This prophecy is written to Jewish exiles in Babylon, but the Scriptural principle is throughout the Bible – when we look for God, we find him; when we listen for his voice, we hear him.

And when we see and hear him, we can’t help but adore him, worship him, and fall on our knees in awe and wonder.

In nature, it’s easy for me to worship him at every new panorama. But he is no less present in my current suburban home than he is here. If I seek him, I will find him. And when I find him I will bow in worship.


Photo: Sunrise over the bay in Grand Marais, Michigan at the mouth of Carpenter Creek taken two days ago.


2 Responses to “If You Seek…”

  1. Jan Doublestein October 12, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    Cathy. I’m reading a book about Heaven, and the New Earth, and how Scripture really does indicate that we won’t just be vaguely in the clouds with the Lord; we will eventually be in real bodies on a real new earth.

    Anyway, on a worship walk in the woods at Ft. Ben after my exam on Tuesday, I was alone on a path, looking through seemingly endless trees, and the thought flooded all over me: In Heaven (or the New Earth; whatever) I WON’T HAVE TO STAY ON THE PATH.!

    I thought you might appreciate this πŸ™‚

    I am LOVING thoughts of being there on the UP (and your photos and descriptions). Days of old, at the InterVarsity Cedar Campus camp and the place there we called Narnia…… –Jan

    On Sat, Oct 12, 2013 at 2:54 PM, worship devo

    • cathyhowie October 12, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

      Wonderful thoughts, Jan. I love your heart for Jesus and how you consistently point me (and many others!) towards his heart! Blessings dear sister. I hope we have cottages in the heavenly woods next to each other. πŸ™‚

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