I look for the simple pleasures. We all do. But at what cost? Is it better to look for them? Or to just enjoy those God brings across our paths? I have to wonder what’s more pleasurable since it seems that if I’m searching for pleasure it probably isn’t from God to begin with. Are those man-made pleasures comparable to the organic pleasures experienced when found in God’s pleasure? Certainly not!
While I’m searching for simple pleasures, even the harmless ones, I miss those before me every day. A child’s smile, a neighbors wave, a friend’s helping hand, or a heart-felt thank you card left on your desk. When God sends you a soft spring day and some extra time to actually enjoy it… are these pleasures I would ever be able to find on my own or even manufacture myself?
What simple joys do you miss each day while searching for other pleasures? Take the time to stop and ask God two things, right now: first, what are those simple joys that I’ve been missing? And second, what do You desire, Lord, in the midst of my desire to honor You? I guarantee you… You’ll soon find enough pleasurable moments you’ll have so many you’ll have to start looking to give them away. And all it will cost you is the time it takes you to both notice and enjoy them.
Peace, to you today, friends! Sean Gutteridge
Today’s Scripture: 2 Samuels 7:1-3
1 Now when the king lived in his house and the LORD had given him rest from all his surrounding enemies,
2 the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent.”
3 And Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the LORD is with you.”