Our family spent last week at Lakeside, located between Port Clinton and Sandusky on Lake Erie. It was a great time to be with our children and grandchildren.
Although we have been to Lakeside in the past, we have never been there during the mayfly hatch. For the uninitiated, here is a picture I snapped of an isolated mayfly.
Mayflies spend 1-2 years on the bottom of the lake as a nymph burrowed in the mud. Billions of them emerge from the lake during this time of year. It is like one of the 10 plagues on Egypt. They coat the sides of buildings, they completely cover utility poles, they crunch under your feet. The dock at Lakeside was completely covered 2-3 inches deep in mayfly carcasses. Dead mayflies in the lake look like huge oil slicks. They live 24-72 hours, mate, and die.
I am sure the mayfly has a purpose. (Port Clinton received a special dispensation from the EPA to have a Mayfly composting facility.) I am grateful that as human beings, the crowning jewel of God’s creation, we have a great purpose for life. Unlike these worthless insects, God gives us more than 24-72 hours to fulfill that purpose. And best of all, God has “set eternity in our hearts,” Ecclesiastes 3:11, so that we are with him always.