We are blessed to live where we do. We live on about 3/4 of an acre (although it really feels like more). We are VERY blessed to have a nice little piece of waterfront property. The southern border of our property meets up with a medium sized lake, about 1.5 miles long end to end, and filled with little coves and outcroppings. It's the lake that I grew up on (a quick side note for those that may not know....My folks have owned this property for almost 40 years....a few years ago, my father and i build a HUGE addition, a second house, actually, onto the existing house...my mother and father (and also now grandmother) live in the new side, and our family occupies the old house). Anyhow, There's no public access to the lake, and wildlife abounds. There are 3 beaver lodges dotted around the shore line. This time of year we see lots Canadian goose and mallard duck families....and fish like crazy: sunnies, kivers, bass, pickerel, perch, catfish, calico's...you name it. But the one animal we are always the most excited to spot is the Great Blue Heron. There's been a heron on that lake every year my entire life...sometimes there's a pair. Spotting him (or her) is absolutely awesome...the thing, in flight, looks like a pterodactyl. It blends in to it's backdrop as it wades along the shoreline looking for fish. Sometimes we'll spot it sitting statue still, neck slung back, waiting....for 5, 10 minutes to stab a fish with it's rapier beak...I've seen it a thousand times...the thing never misses. Somehow a trip out in the boat isn't quite complete unless we can track down the Great Blue Heron.
I can spot the thing a mile away...heck, I've been looking for it along the shoreline every spring and summer day for over 30 years. I've been teaching Gavin where to look first to spot it, what to look for, what to listen for...he's learning...and loving the thrill of the hunt in the process.
1 Chronicles 4:39-40 says... "And they went to the entrance of Gedor, even unto the east side of the valley, to seek pasture for their flocks.
And they found fat pasture and good, and the land was wide, and quiet, and peaceable; for they of Ham had dwelt there of old."
Here's the idea...generational blessing. Ham's land was good because it had been worked, daily, for years...pulling the rocks and roots out of the fields, working the soil...so that when it was passed down..it was that much better.
I love being able to pass on the love of Christ to my family..especially my children. I was shown Godly love by my parents and have reaped the benefit of that generational blessing and understanding of God....And I get to hand it down to my children. To get to show my children all that I've learned...all the skills that have been handed down to my wife and I that we have spent a lifetime working the bugs out of, we get to hand over better versions of ourselves to our kids....what a beautiful opportunity we've been given.
Swing by the house sometime, we'd love to have you...Gavin will show you around, and, if you catch it at just the right time, you might spot the heron...Gavin will show you that, too...he's learning to have right kind of eyes for it. I can't wait for him to teach Ivy.