Enjoying Life Right Now

“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven…” (Eccl. 3:1, NKJV)

Today I saw a picture of a sweet baby girl looking adoringly into her daddy’s eyes. Her pudgy, dimpled little hands reached up and touched his face. I smiled tenderly.

Once again, Holy Spirit piped up. He likes to give me a running commentary about things I see and hear throughout my day. He pointed out, “Those are the riches I built into this phase of that young man’s life.”

God has built riches into each season of our lives. Children enjoy the awe of learning about the world around them and all that is beautiful and good in it. Teenagers receive the gift of beginning to explore the fabric of their personal makeup. What exhilaration goes into each exploit, each phase of self-discovery as they uncover the innate gifts and talents woven into who they are!

College students enter a brand new stage, tasting the euphoria of independence while delving into promising new areas of study. The world is at their fingertips as they gaze in wonder at the plethora of possibilities that lie before them.

Young love brings its own brand of elation. Newlywed bliss and then having babies each carry spellbinding thrills that will never again be repeated further down the road of life. Career achievements and accolades eventually quiet down into the tranquil joy of the golden years.

In every season, God has packed in His goodness. The question remains, will we have eyes to see His provision for today? Regrettably, we humans spend a disproportionate amount of our time and energy either looking backwards or forwards. What riches we miss out on, in doing so!

Meditate on some advice from one of the wisest men who ever lived: “So go ahead. Eat your food with joy… with a happy heart, for God approves of this! Wear fine clothes, with a splash of cologne! Live happily with the woman you love…” (Eccl. 9:7-9, NLT)

Today, let’s ask the Father for the grace to drink in the present moment.

Daddy God, please open my eyes to see Your goodness manifest in my current season. Show me what gifts You have provided for me right now that I have not yet been perceiving. Grant me a grateful heart that relishes every manifestation of Your kindness. Empower me to savor both the extravagant joys and the soft, subtle delights!

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