Rain or shine, there is nothing as sweet as a family day. Adventure, fresh air, and no static distraction from electronics, with the exception of camera’s of course.
On the salty shoreline, in the post-rain breeze, with my five favorite smiles strolling alongside me, I admired the concept of a lighthouse. Not only is it a permanent structure meant to give peace and guidance to ships in the night, but lighthouses were full-time, exhausting commitments.
A lighthouse keeper gave up his/her entire life to pour all their energy into keeping this single structure running for the sake of sailors they had never met. Little social life, long nights, tiring climbs, relentless weather, and still one must keep attention to detail in order to maintain and protect a lighthouse.
If you’ve read my blog for any period of time, you know I’m extremely fond of metaphors and analogies. So who does the lighthouse keeper represent?
Well, parents are awake for many long nights, endure tiring days on the heels of their children, social lives often revolve around kids, and despite life’s relentless storms, they must keep careful attention to detail in order to raise and protect a child.
My parents have spent their lives building into me, making me stronger, and protecting me so that I may serve as a light of Christ to people they may never meet. I am a lighthouse that does not stand alone, but stands because of the lighthouse keepers who fueled and sustained me.
Every lighthouse has a keeper who deserves a vast amount of thanks.
Thank you to my lighthouse keepers. I love you beyond words any blog post could possibly contain and am so grateful for your sacrifices in raising, training, sustaining, and protecting me. You’ve ignited a light in me an kept it burning through many storms. You have been the greatest and most hardworking lighthouse keepers. I love you!