The weather has changed. Spring cool has finally turned to summer warm. Transformation has also engulfed Beamers Falls. Evergreen trees have been swallowed up and camouflaged by broadleaf greens. The forest ceiling and floor is now canopied green with undergrowth hiding stumps and stones alike. The Lake has shown glimpses of glass, without a ripple or a wave. When the grass is green, the sun is warm and the water is calm, I feel the invitation to enter. What an incredible contrast to the landscape Sue and I encountered but weeks ago. Many of our hikes were in the wilderness. Stone cliffs rose up from desert shale, rock and sand. Instead of green, the landscape was dominated by shades of browns, greys, yellows and dust. The little vegetation we were able to see betrayed springs and wells, dry river beds, leaking aqueducts and canals. It did not take long for us to realize that “water is everything” in the Middle East. Cities were built along fast flowing rivers. Towns were built and rebuilt by springs and wells and deeply carved cisterns. The sea of Galilee is the only lake in the entire Middle East, fed by the melting snows of Mount Hermon. Mount Hermon is 2,814 meters above sea level, found on the boarders of Lebanon and Syria. These fresh waters flow down the Joran River, gather in the Sea of Galilee, and flow out of that body, down the Jordan River and into the Dead Sea. The Sea of Galilee is the lowest fresh water lake in the world, 13 miles long and 8 miles wide, with an average depth of 25.6 meters. In Ontario, Lake Simcoe is 19 miles long and 16 miles wide, with an average depth of 15 meters. The five great lakes which mark most of Ontario’s boarder, stand as the second largest body of fresh water in the world, at 21%. The largest body of fresh water in the world is Lake Baikal in Southern Siberia, Russia, containing 22 to 23% of this world’s fresh water. British Columbia and Alberta may boast some of the most beautiful vistas in the Rocky Mountains, but Ontario is surrounded by one of the largest reservoirs of life in the world. We live in a world of abundance but sometimes we need to walk through a wilderness where water is scarce to appreciate the richness of the gift that we have. It’s something like the gift of God’s grace. When you taste it, receive it and bathe in its fullness, you realize how all encompassing it can be.