1—4—3, 1—4—3 …….. the lighthouse flashed silently in the distance. Two weeks ago, I sat by my window in the darkness at the St. Joseph Retreat Center and watched the “I—love—you” wink and beckon to me.
The Minot lighthouse is famous in many ways. The 1—4—3 flashing signal was adopted in 1894 and is locally known as the “I—love—You” signal. The lighthouse was originally built in a unique spider like design. The architect believed that the structure would survive the waves by causing the waves to crash right through the spider-like legs. Unfortunately, on the night of April 17, 1851, the braces gave way and the lighthouse crashed into the sea, not before the keepers began pounding frantically on the lighthouse bell, heaving a note in a bottle out into the churning sea. A new lighthouse was rebuilt and finished in 1860, taking five long years to build. This lighthouse has stayed the test of time; solid, strong and resilient to the most powerful hurricanes and storms.
Jesus says, “They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete." Luke 6:48, 49
Yesterday, I received an e-mail from a precious sister who is fighting cancer. Even though her news was not good, she is like that lighthouse….solid, strong, and resilient. She wrote, “I am getting through this by believing in His Word. I don't speak death, only living, and living for Him.” Fran has laid her foundation on the Rock…. she will not be shaken.
God has blessed me with people like Fran. When my faith begins to wane a little, I think of those strong, faithful people; and I thank God for putting them across my path. Thanks be to God.