In the last few days, I experienced waterfall therapy. Actually, it was almost an overdose! To view a waterfall, I have driven miles and hiked, climbed, slipped and even flown to get there. We did drive a bit and walked some, but we saw 5 waterfalls and lots of water. Where did we go? To the beautiful state of Pennsylvania.
There is something about a waterfall that charms me, makes me want to stay and watch every drop descend, to listen to the roar or trickle. It seems to soothe away whatever is troubling me. I call it waterfall therapy.
One family had some serious waterfall therapy going on. The Kaufmann family owned property in Mill Run, PA that included a mountain stream called Bear Run and several waterfalls. They would escape smoky Pittsburgh where their department store (Kaufmann’s-now part of Macy’s) was and enjoy the serenity of nature while staying in a rustic cabin with no heat or running water. They decided it was time to build a more modern vacation home and hired the famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. He drew plans for what is now known as Falling Water.
The Kaufmanns were surprised when they saw the plans. They had pictured their home built on a spot where they would have a continual view of the 30 foot waterfall. But Wright had a different idea. What could be better than actually experiencing the waterfall, living with it, ON IT?!
We toured this magnificent place on Saturday. What a work of art! I was constantly amazed at Frank Lloyd Wright’s ingenuity. I kept thinking what a dream come true it would be to live on a waterfall!! This masterpiece of a home had spacious living areas that were surrounded by windows that invited you to step outside. Once you did, you were on a terrace that hung cantilevered right over the waterfall. It is quite astounding to stand on this terrace and hear the roar of the waterfall. I pictured myself living there in constant waterfall therapy.
But then I thought more about it. Yes, Falling Water is a marvel. It would be amazing to live there, at least for a while. Would the thrill of living with a waterfall wear off? Would the extraordinary become mundane? Waterfalls are calming, soothing to me because they are not part of my everyday life! Sometimes, I become blind to the incredible things that are around me all the time, the tiny miracles and even the big ones. And I am convinced that I need to keep some things, like waterfalls, to be taken in small doses so that they remain effective.
However, a weekend full of waterfalls is fine with me, still quite effective and lovely! Once again, God, the Creator of nature and my soul, showed up and ministered to my heart.