Mystery Solved and a Good Friend

“Is that the lake they called the ‘disappearing lake’ and threw mattresses in to stop draining?”

I glanced at my friend from the passenger seat of his cozy Dodge truck. “I’m not sure.” I’ve been there so many times, to this lake in Jasper National Park, you think I would know!

It’s one of my favourite places after all-summer, spring, winter, fall-all seasons. I’d witnessed the low waters, and places where the water seemed to have disappeared.  Yet I’ve never asked why.

My friend? He’d never been to Medicine Lake. But we later learn he is right. It is known as the ‘disappearing lake.’ The indigenous named the lake due to its’ “magic” or “big medicine.”

The anomaly is explained on the information board at Medicine Lake. The lake lies about about half way up Maligne Lake Road but many tourists, I’ve noticed, miss Medicine Lake. Instead, they continue up the road to the popular areas of Maligne Canyon and Maligne Lake.

If ever in the area, I’d encourage you to stop.

My friend silently reads the explanation of the disappearing waters. I just scan the words, the images. I’m restless in the wind.  I pull my knit hat over my ears and start to descend the steep stairs to the rocky bank that precludes the lake. Soon I hear my friend’s steps too.

When in this place I’m distracted. Or am I? Maybe I’m just caught up in the magic of the place.

I navigate the craggy rocks until I reach the lake’s shore. The transparent waters barely cover the pebbles and sentiment. I peer through my camera lens at the seven kilometre lake expanding then narrowing in the distance. The surrounding Rocky Mountains scrape the sky then progressively descend in the distance.



It’s medicine for my soul, this place.

When I finally look up, I see my friend has wandered north along the shore. I join him and he tells me the resolution of the mystery.  In the 70’s, dye was used to determine the waters flow into an underground cave system.  In the spring and summer the glacier melt water fill the cave system to overflowing causing Medicine Lake to rise. In the fall and winter, the water drains back into the cave system to eventually empty into the near by waters of Athabasca River and the Maligne Canyon.

Later as my friend drives us up Maligne Road, I follow the sight of Medicine Lake from my window. I notice areas where the lake has disappeared and the land is rippling clay. My friend and I ponder about where these unseen cave entries may be.

And I’m grateful. Grateful for a friend to teach me how to go deeper, beyond what I chose only to see, and underground to the truth.

And the mattresses ended up being just an unproven tale after all.

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 
If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
 As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17
The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. Proverbs 12:26
Lynn J Simpson, Certified Professional Life Coach at Inspiring Hope In You

Linking up at #TellHisStory


22 thoughts on “Mystery Solved and a Good Friend

  1. Nice pics as always, we are so blessed to live in such a beautiful country.
    Also friends the ones we can share with whom love us for who we are.
    As always we have no better friend than the one we have in Jesus.
    Have a Blessed day!

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  2. Gorgeous pictures! My favorite spots are always by lakes – they seem to be medicine for my soul as well.
    It is indeed helpful to have a friend! Definitely having another set of eyes to see what we miss can be a good thing!

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  3. This is so interesting, Lynn. It must have deepened your appreciation of the lake’s uniqueness and its Creator. I found myself wondering with you and your friend where those caves are. I can easily see why this lake is medicine for your soul. Your photos are like balm to my soul. 🙂 I’m glad you have a good friend to search into and share the beauty of this mystery. 🙂 Love and hugs to you!

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    1. It was so interesting, Trudy! And to think I’d been there so many times and had missed out on know about the caves. I even just recently wrote a piece around the theme of disappearing seasons that are still flowing under us–unseen but still there. And have more brewing in my mind. God’s creation can so parallel our lessons, our lives. I’m wondering if we are always reacting to His earthly creations. So many deep thoughts are flowing and still to come the the surface. 🙂

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      1. It’s so true how God’s creation can parallel life’s lessons, Lynn. I love your thought of “disappearing seasons that are still flowing under us–unseen but still there.” I hope you will write a blog post about that sometime. 😍💞💐

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  4. Lynn, I love your photos! And, I love that your friend helped you to go deeper, to see more, to understand more completely. Friends can be so good for us that way, can’t they?

    Water is good for my soul too. I love seeing reflections on mirror-like surfaces.

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    1. I love mirror like reflections too J! I haven’t caught the light yet this season to truly get ones I envision. But will! Your pictures are beautiful too! And glad to see you spend time in Breathing Spaces. 🙂


  5. This was such a beautiful post Lynn, and I couldn’t help but read your comments with Trudy above–I agree with her and hope that you will share your thoughts about the disappearing seasons that are still flowing hidden. What a precious object lesson from the Lord, given through His creation! And how lovely to share with a friend who can bring a deeper understanding. Blessings and love to you!

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