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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Simple pleasures…. (this could become a habit, or at least a series)

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.
 I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice and to do good in their lives, and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his laborit is the gift of God.
Ecclesiastes 3:11-13 (NKJV)


Simple pleasures…. (this could become a habit, or at least a series)

Today my son and I rode bikes.   We had a rocky start. I was busy chatting with Gayle (yes, we talk every morning).  He, determined that we would take this ride, while outside putting air in the tires discovered that I have a flat. (I ride a road bike, and the tires are notoriously fickle) I saw the disappointment lodging in his eyes, and didn’t want it resting there. I suggested, “I’ll take your sister’s bike.”

My daughter’s bike is crazy cool.  She’s an extremely stylish girl, and rides this girly pink California Cruiser. Yeah, she’s a little bit fabulous. I was certain I wouldn’t do any damage, and really wanted to make my boy’s day.

Air in tires, check. Safety procedures reviewed, check. Water on board, check. Doors locked, dog secured, we set off. We only rode 2 miles round trip, but somehow managed to go uphill in both directions. It was a thoroughly delightful and modestly challenging ride, but here’s the blessing…as we were stowing the bikes in the garage, we agreed it was the best thing we’ve done together since summer vacation began. It was a simple pleasure.

One of the marvelous lessons of Ecclesiastes 3, as explained in Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary of the Bible, is this…
Everything is as God made it; not as it appears to us. We have the world so much in our hearts, are so taken up with thoughts and cares of worldly things, that we have neither time nor spirit to see God's hand in them. The world has not only gained possession of the heart, but has formed thoughts against the beauty of God's works. 

I’ve said this before, so I’ll say it again, we need a reset. Heidi Avery, writing for EverydayChristian.com says this about simple pleasures,
Simple pleasures weave themselves throughout even my most difficult days and they present themselves as perfect blessings from the Lord…

I have nothing to add. This morning’s ride with my son was simply wonderful; a perfect blessing from the Lord. So I will say “thank you, Lord.” I will say I am grateful for yet another reminder that God is good.

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