Presque Isle Park sits on a beautiful peninsula, just north of the city of Marquette, Michigan. Upon touring this gorgeous 323 acres in 1891, landscape architect Fredrick Law Olmstead, known for his role in designing New York’s Central Park, advised, “Don’t touch it.”
Today this treasure of the north is one of the most visited places in this region and contains pebble beaches, forests with over one hundred plant species, rocky cliffs (some famous for using to dive into icy Lake Superior), and wetlands.
While we were there, I was mesmerized by the absolute beauty of hillsides meeting endless blue water. I can see why Olmstead’s advised city leaders to leave this amazing place alone. Some things are perfect just as they are and should not be touched.
“God called the dry ground ‘land,’ and the gathered waters he called ‘seas.’ And God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:10.
Some things are just meant to be left alone. Here at Presque Isle Park, we see the beautiful division of land and sea that God created, and how good it is that, in His wisdom and power, God saw fit to separate the two.
In our lives, there are often situations which should not be touched by us. It’s difficult to do, but believe it or not, sometimes the best thing we can do is leave something alone and entrust it to God. This can be a situation in your life or in the life of someone you love, and although you may look at it and calculate that you can help, your involvement may be the last thing that it is needed. That is why it is so important that we pray over people and situations and only help as God leads us to.
The wonderful thing about leaving things in God’s hands is that He truly knows what is needed. There’s no guesswork with Him. And although we may believe that we can improve upon something, many times our intrusiveness brings decline.
Is there a situation in your life that you long to try to “fix,” yet God has not given you the “green light” to get involved? Let’s pray more and trust more and as Olmstead discovered, we may realize that there are some things better not touched.