Let’s just say that I have quivered at the mere thought of the update process, knowing what it would likely cost me – not only in terms of finances, but also otherwise. The one redemptive factor in all of this, of course, is that they have now been addressed; and at least I am now getting caught up.
Not that other things haven’t been happening in my life while I have been offline. Indeed, they have. To begin with, the second of my grandsons celebrated his third birthday. A party, a cake, and a few presents, all topped off with fries from “Mickey D’s”, came together to comprise one big day for the little fellow!
Add to that the fact that he gained yet another cousin this week as well. I say yet another because he already had one brother and four cousins. But this week, they were all joined by grandson number seven!
The 127th Psalm (in verses 3-5) affirms the value of children, stating: “Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him. Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them!”
Take it from the proud father of three children - if there was ever a true statement written, this one is. The blessings my wife and I have received as result of our three children are innumerable. But, at this point in my life, I now have to tell you that if this is true of children, then how much more is it true of grandchildren! Especially when God has seen fit to give you seven of them!
Not a day goes by that I do not marvel at the creative power of God on display simply in their having come to be! Each one has been born with all their little body parts properly in order, five fully functional senses, and a healthy appetite and digestion to boot!
Seven grandsons! All separated in age by four and a half years. Yet, they have each followed a very similar path. For instance, as each in turn has aged, the consumption of food has changed appropriately. The suckling of liquids has given way to the eating of increasingly more solid foods.
Along the way, the intake of energy has been equaled by the burning of calories. Each has learned, first to roll over, then to sit up, then to crawl, then to walk, and eventually even to run. The same is true for their communication skills. What at first was cooing has given way to babbling and then to words - the latter eventually manifesting itself in full-blown sentences.
Seven grandsons! Separated in age by four and a half years of age. Yet, the neatest thing is how each has a different set of strengths. One or two are clearly meant to be gifted athletes. Their running and ball handling skills abound. Others will most likely one day earn their living with their mouths. And one, in particular, is especially verbose. Who knows?! He may well prove to be a preacher!
Seven grandsons! Separated in age by four and a half years of age. Yet, each has been a tremendous blessing to me! And for this reason, I continually thank God for each and every one of them!
Oh, by the way, my son and I did something else this week. Behind the house in the woods linking our two adjacent properties, we set up a dozen or so archery targets. We have been enjoying leisurely walks through the woods together each evening as we have been shooting at the various targets (deer, bear, elk, antelope, turkey, peccary, boar, etc…).
But trust me, as pleasurable as this experience is, it does not even begin to compare to one other thing going on in the process – and that is being reminded, as I draw each arrow in turn to shoot, that my quiver has now indeed been made full. Not just of physical arrows, but also of little blessings from the Lord!
SCRIPTURE SOURCE: https://biblehub.com/nlt/psalms/127.htm.