Hello, my friends, how are you doing today? Spring came with a vengeance and now summer nips at her toes, while she whispers, “move over, I’m here”. Our temperatures have been in the 80°s all week long with brilliant, bright, beautiful, blazing sunshine and this morning, we woke up to a wonderful 63°, amidst open windows.
As life slowly makes her way into our neighborhood, the sounds of human activities will all too soon overpower those of nature. Lawn mowers and construction will scare the birds and squirrels off and perhaps they will join forces and seek shelter, where they will be allowed to roam freely, without the sounds of human input. As the sun rises earlier and earlier each day, it’s difficult to enjoy the ‘quiet’ of the day, as we again desire to accomplish a ten-day task in two days.
Why do we find it so difficult to slow down? Lately, I’ve been reading the book of Ecclesiastes. Although, I’ve read through the Bible several times, I don’t think I’ve read Ecclesiastes with the sole purpose of gainful knowledge. It’s quite enlightening (well duh! Every book of the Bible is profitable, is it not?). Solomon, the wisest and one of the richest persons, who ever lived is the author (you know what I mean) of this book. While I read the first two chapters, the primary thought that run through my head, was that Solomon was a bit depressive. Life, he said, with all its activities is as vapor in the wind; just temporary, flitting, vapor.
As I continued to read, the realization dawned, that he meant that although life, as it stands, is like a vapor and its activities, in the scheme of things, do profit very little; the life of those who know and love the Lord can be beautiful. As the world awakes in bitterness, anger, strife and impatience, we can be the peace, love, gentleness, and long suffering that is most certainly needed. We can choose to deliberately adhere to the standards found in the Word of God. We can choose to intentionally become; be kind, be generous, put on righteousness.
We’ve been given the choice of a new way of life; what will we choose?