Each day that I am at home, I watch the tide come in and flow back out again. I especially love a low tide during a full moon because Puget Sound recedes so far, revealing a wonderful world hidden from us at high tide. My favorite activity is to walk among the surf, marveling at the sea stars, the variety of crabs, the fish, and ecosystem that thrives there. I will spend hours out there, driven home only by the approaching tide.
We are having such a tide this weekend. As low as the tide goes out, when it comes in, it is extra high, hiding all that lies beneath. What one sees during high tide is beautiful deep blue water rippling with wakes caused by passing ferries and ships. As I walked along the waterfront last evening, looking out at the extra high tide, it struck me how marvelous it is that there is an entire ecosystem living beneath. People frolic along the waterfront, bicycling, swimming and sunning themselves, most without a thought to what lies beneath.
But I do. I also look for what lies beneath in myself and others. If we only look at the surface of people, we miss the beauty of what else is there, beneath the skin and in their soul. The quiet unassuming man who is modest, kind and generous on the outside, but made of steel beneath. The quiet young woman who seldom speaks and is overlooked by many, but is deep and rich in thought, full of contributions. I have always been drawn to strong women, much like myself. To some, we are brash and bold, but believe me. Beneath each of us is a sensitive, gentle soul who loves without limit.
So, look beneath. The old adage, “You can’t judge a book by its cover”, is so true.