The first time Laura and I held our grandson, Jake, we knew the Lord was bestowing on us a very precious gift. Today, as Jake celebrates his first birthday, every moment with him confirms that blessed feeling.
It is not as though the year has been a free ride for Jake or his parents. Inexplicably for such an active little guy, Jake struggles to maintain and add needed weight and height. Despite frequent trips to Kansas City’s Children’s Mercy Hospital, various specialists still have no sure answer to the problem.
Nevertheless, Jake’s milestone physical developments continue to be met ahead of schedule. His willingness to take on any new challenge amazes all. We added kayaking to that list yesterday. Once Jake discovered his PFD was not a straight jacket, he enjoyed his time at Lake Shawnee. He needs sunglasses, but super high SPF sun screen coated him from the top of his head down, making his hair radically spiked. High winds kept us from exploring too much of the lake. Happily, Jake kept climbing back into the boat as we packed up meaning exciting times await.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
That charge found in the book of Proverbs speaks of Jake’s Christian faith, one we pray we never will overlook. Yet, it is also our duty as grandparents to help his parents “train” Jake for life ahead. Laura’s and my life together is blessed with great adventure. Adding Jake to those adventures only fortifies our belief in the precious gift that is Jake.
Happy Birthday, little guy. May the Lord’s face shine upon you and be gracious unto you.