NESTLED IN THE DEEP

NESTLED IN THE DEEP

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Nestled in the forest of a very quiet "deep" is a place my soul desires soon to see.
Old timers refer to her as the old Penturan Church, but I know her as the "Cathedral in the Pines," situated in a very secluded area of Beltrami State Forest.
My father first introduced me to her in my youth, in what seemed then, a welcome conclusion to a never ending maze of miles and miles of trees, and trails often difficult to navigate.
The trek was made on snowmobile which meant that the accompaniment of my father's maniacal driving and the biting cold were active, fear-engaging participants.
In my youth the possibility of becoming lost was so great that the journey and the Cathedral were almost invisible to me but, as the years passed, so did a growing appreciation for things deemed sacred, tranquil, and beautiful.
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Fir, Balsam, Spruce, Poplar, and White Birch became familiar terms to me, and love of the trees grew and became dear to me, with the latter remaining my favorite.
The "White Birch" boasts a stark, white-barked "paper" that works itself up to the very limbs and wields the power to supply an endless list of words in me, in the midst of dark of tree, her perfect contrast.
She leads quietly and directly to the solitary, confined sacredness and beauty of the white "Cathedral in the Pines," where the whisper of God can be heard almost audibly.
God is here in this place ...
Such a mystery and wonder to me.
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Once more I've asked my father to blaze a trail with me into the Northwoods,
and visit the "Cathedral in the Pines," where the most sacred of memories lie for me.
He has complied and said "yes," utterly delighted by request and a desire to fulfill it "with" me.
And I think to myself ...
our journey with God, in like manner, ought to move forward progressively.
 God longs, delights, and yearns to provide places of "sanctuary" for you and me;
to find our "Cathedral" and place to worship Him.
And we've but to ask Him.
These hidden places ...
Nestled in the Deep.
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