You probably don’t think there would be much good swimming
in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and I think you’re right! However, there are a few spots that are decidedly fun on a hot afternoon, and one of our family favorites is McCarty’s Covealong the shoreline of Lake Superior near the heart of Marquette. For ambiance, the Marquette Harbor Lighthouse stands like an intriguing sentinel at the far end, beckoning seagulls, lovers, and small escapee toddlers to come just a little bit closer to explore! There are a number of playground toys for children and enough space for volleyball, but the real highlights are the warm sand and the lure of fascinating rock formations just off shore through the shallow water. McCarty Cove is the perfect place to play or picnic on a hot day,
and most of the time it’s not overcrowded. When Jon was young, he loved spending time here with his brothers and sister. On our recent roots tour, it was great fun watching him as an adult, playing with his wife and their kids! The girls just loved digging in the sand, and they both insisted on being the center of digging attention …at least for a little bit! The temptation to explore the black rocks helped them overcome their squeamishness about the bracing water temperature, and before long they set off on a Pooh-bearish expotition to the North Pole (armed with their parents for safe passage). There were a few breathless moments, but all in all, the afternoon was a huge success, as are most afternoons when you’re sharing life and love …reliving happy memories and introducing your kids (and their kids) to the best you have to offer from your own storehouse of experiences. Sort of an each-one-teach-one moment or a pass-it-forward sharing of joy. Sitting in the warm sand watching the kids play, it occurred to me that
God must long to share life with us in much the same way. He is our Father, who loves us more than we can ever imagine, and wants
“all the best” for us even more than we want all the best for our children.
“And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (Luke 11:9-13)