"I knew a lad who went to sea and left the shore behind him.
I knew him well, the lad was me; and now I cannot find him."
While watching my grandchildren playing on the beach this morning, that refrain came to mind and with it a picture... of a lad who was me almost seventy years ago. Given that my only previous experience sitting in water had come during bath time in the kitchen sink, what could I have been pondering (for surely I was pondering even at that tender age) as I encountered the ocean for the first time?
Perhaps my thoughts were evidencing the practical dimension that would characterize my later endeavors: "Where's the faucet; and come to think about it, where's the drain? No soap? Why the hat?
Hey, did anybody notice I'm not
naked? And by the way, what's with the bucket and spoon - I thought the idea was to get rid of the dirt, not play in it?" Or, as unlikely as it might seem, perhaps my mind was already contemplating the greater context within which the practical would find its meaning: "Where did all of this water come from and where's it going? Everyone's looking at me; do they know something I don't? There aren't any fences around here, no restrictions of any kind; if I could walk, I think trouble would be easy to find! Why the camera; what's so special about this moment?"
All of that's speculation, of course - an effort to get in touch with the young lad I once knew well but now cannot find, even in the archives of my memory. There's a sense in which I embrace a similar activity as I watch my grandchildren building a pyramid of cousins. Like my grandparents had for me decades ago, I have dreams for my grandchildren; but as wonderful as my dreams might be, I know they have their own, some envisioned and most not yet imagined. I know, too, that my hopes and dreams must not become their straightjackets for: "We are now God's children, but what we are to be in the future has not yet been fully revealed." (1 John 3:2) Praise the Lord, so it was on the beach in my childhood; so it is on the beach in theirs!
In His Power and for His Glory,