BY DAVE SIMONSON - IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH, SPIRIT LAKE
Are you ready for summer? I have not talked with one individual that is not ready to enjoy an Okoboji summer. God wants us to enjoy the lakes, the sun, the warm, his creation . . . summer!
Just the other day, I heard someone point out this observation of God. One day after He created Adam and Eve, they rested. How much do you rest, relax, enjoy a time of recreation? We need to take time off. God says it is a must. Doctors who study us, say it’s unhealthy not to kick back and relax.
Ecclesiastes 3 is entitled "A Time for Everything." The author, who may be King Solomon, lists many opposing times in our life. Almost every situation of life is addressed in those eight verses. Then in verse nine the author asks “What do workers gain from their toil?” Is the author indicating that our time is to be used to work? (Some, yes.) Is that where our time should be focused? Are we to be creating, working or doing to measure our life? The author goes on to say work is the “burden God has laid on the human race.” Is life to be a burden?
The author goes on to add that God “has also set eternity in the human heart.” That expands our view and purpose, and leads us to a key verse and thought. Verses 12-14 and following say, “I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink and find satisfaction in all their toil – this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it.” God wants us to ‘Sabbath.’ That is to cease and stop, relax and enjoy. And as we do that, God will give satisfaction from our toil.
I look forward to the summer of 2021. What a joy it is to take time and gather together. What a joy it is to gather with our members and our summer friends in and about all summer activities. And that includes worship. Last year, many stayed safe and watched from afar. This summer, we gather in God’s house to find rest for our souls.
May God Bless this summer as we enjoy the blessings of the work He gives us to do.