“Enjoy Each Season”

This Week’s Meditation:  “Enjoy Each Season”
Read: Ecclesiastes 5:10-20

I was led to this passage from Ecclesiastes yesterday as I read my Rejoice devotional for the day. Verse 18 says, “It is fitting to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of the life God gives us.”

You don’t have to go far these days to hear someone lamenting about their busy week or their stressful schedule.  In fact, most of us can probably just listen to ourselves and get plenty of that. But what if we would just set out to enjoy the season we are living in and accept it with all it’s wonderful and stressful challenges?

That seems to be the advise of Solomon in these verses.  As he nears the end of his life he looks back and realizes that he missed some good opportunities along the way because of wrong priorities and a misguided outlook on life.  In verse 18 he is really saying, “enjoy your season of life right now, don’t always be waiting for the next season.”

The truth is, we can do that even if our season right now is busy and stressful. Our daughter is a senior in high school this year which makes for a very fun, busy, stressful, and sometimes overwhelming season.  College is on the horizon and there are big decisions to be made.  But what I’ve come to realize is that I need to focus on the very fun part more than all other parts.

We will only get this particular season with our daughter once in her lifetime.  Therefore, we should enjoy it, embrace it, and celebrate it as a gift from God.  With that attitude as our focus I am sure the Lord will help us to work out all the other details and decisions.

It may be something else for you this week or this year. A job situation, a family issue, a big change in your life.  Not all of our seasons are easy. But as Solomon mentions in these verses, life is short, and with each season we need to ask God to embrace us so we can embrace whatever it is each day will bring.  Let God embrace you this week!

Make it personal: As I write today I am reminded of the song “This is the Day.”  Maybe these words can help us to enjoy this day, week, and season.  “This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it!”  A great way for us to make this personal each and every day.

Have a great week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life
Arthur Mennonite Church