The end of my summer was determined during the long weekend in September. It happened during a bare foot walk on the beach with my son. It was a point in time followed by an anticipation of God’s will for my future.

The Lake was in constant motion similar to water in a washing machine. At one end of the beach it is sand, then there are other areas where there is sand and small rock mix, and along the side close to the bluff it is all rock. That day, the wind blew my hair in no permanent direction which provided me with an unconcerned freshness for the outing. Smooth, sharp, hot, and cool were old sensations surfacing when our bare feet were introduced to that environment. Our conversations hovered around this past spring and the summer which pushed forward old snapshots of memories of walking barefoot on the beach with both of my children when they were younger.

In the Bible it is written that Moses saw a flaming bush that didn’t burn up. As he approached to investigate the Lord spoke to him from the fire. “When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” (Exodus 3:1-4). God spoke to Moses to provide guidance and He did it through an unexpected source: a burning bush. There are many points in time in the Bible when God communicated His guidance through many unexpected sources, thoughts and experiences.

COVID-19 was our unexpected unwanted guest arriving in spring and still remaining. Therefore, my summer was time mostly spent at the cottage returning home for a few overnighters. My ventures out were usually for necessities. However, I did manage to produce a comfort level when I participated in the outside venues with safety rules enforced. The highlight – the “burning bush”, “ and now known to me as my “unexpected source” – was the walk on the beach with my son – the expressive and beautiful beginning to a new season and an acceptance of my summer, a summer like no other.

Our Heavenly Father, thank you for your surprising look down the road just travelled. Your way and timing is perfect! We all have had points in time that are not always presented as a clear picture. None of us can predict the future. But in Your timing and with us paying attention to You, I believe each of us will have enough of our own snapshots to fill an album providing us with a meaning to Your plan, as well an appreciation beyond description. YOU ARE A GOOD FATHER!

In Memory of Adrien-David Robichaud