READ : Ecclesiastes 5:18-20
For children, time passes so slowly that each day can feel like an eternity. But as we age, time seems to escape us so rapidly that we develop a longing to savor each moment.
King Solomon was a rich man who was given every possible pleasure to guarantee happiness. He had silver, gold, gardens, herds, flocks, wine, and women singers at his fingertips. But toward the end of his life, he discovered that all of life’s pleasures amount to very little if we don’t enjoy each one. Our reward comes as we savor every pleasure each day.
What can we savor? Solomon challenges us to enjoy the fruit of daily labor, to feel a quiet satisfaction for the work we do. Whether we wait on tables, educate young minds, or raise our children, no contribution, however large or small, is wasted in the economy of God. This is a gift of God. But this is not all that God has given us to savor.
Solomon also knew how to eat and drink well! When was the last time you crunched into a bright red McIntosh apple and really tasted every bite? How can your worship be just as meaningful at tonight’s dinner table as in Sunday morning’s sanctuary?
O God, teach us to engage all our senses in appreciation for the blessings you provide each day.