By Lisa Huddleston
“We should make the most of what God gives, both the bounty and the capacity to enjoy it, accepting what’s given and delighting in the work. It’s God’s gift! God deals out joy in the present, the now. It’s useless to brood over how long we might live.” (Eccl. 5:19-20)
We are experiencing seasonal shifts here at Hudfarm. My daughter is in her second week of marriage and is learning the fine art of balancing house, work and time with her precious new husband. My elder son is still in the throes of planning his wedding and is learning to balance two families and seeking to make them one. My mother, who lives with us, just underwent back surgery and is learning to rely on her children to do more for her than she likes. Change is the norm right now, and we are all seeking to feel normal in it.
And what am I learning? A little more every day. I am learning to live in the now. Today is a good day. The sun is shining. The flowers are blooming. I feel well, and I just ate lunch. I have chatted with my daughter who I miss so much. My mom’s pain seems a little better than yesterday. My husband called and wants to take me to dinner. I’ve seen more of my sisters in the past two weeks than I have in ages. And I am actually sitting at my desk to write which always gives me joy. I am richly and seriously blessed.
Could I find stuff to gripe about? Oh yeah. I couldn’t sleep last night, because I was worrying over everything I just listed in the first paragraph. I want to fix everyone’s problems. To take away pain, stress, worry, and grief. Odd that I think I can do that by painful worrying, stress, and grief. What needless striving. “What a waste! Smoke. And spitting in the wind” (Eccl. 4:4).
But right now I see the blessings. I love my cozy study. The warm earthy color on my walls. The sound of the dishwasher running in the kitchen. The peaceful picture of my mom reading in a lounge chair by the window with my dog keeping snoring vigil at her feet. The view of the garden from the window to my right and books that surround me with promises.
It is useless to brood. Enjoy the now. Take joy in the present. Make the most of every moment. Accept God’s bounty and be sure to delight in it. Today is the best gift we’ll get all day long.