Today marks 5 weeks.
5 weeks that we have been living in the state I mentioned to the Engineer I never wanted to live in.
It's starting to grow on me.
However I feel like the honeymoon weeks are over and life is starting to get even more real. We are 'feeling' things more.
Team Hamblin knows we are where God needs us and so we are learning to hold tighter to His hand...it's a good thing!
I started reading the book of Ecclesiastes found in the Old Testament of the Bible. The book was written by Solomon, a king who had everything he could have ever wanted or imagined. Solomon uses the word 'meaningless' a lot in this book. His purpose in writing was to warn people that life apart from God is just that...meaningless.
The very first chapter in the book of Ecclesiastes is titled Everything Is Meaningless (at least in my Bible it is)...so as I am reading this and tuning into the 'feeling's' I am having from this move I am questioning God...is this really the book of the Bible I should be reading right now?....it's sounding like a big downer so far.
Solomon uses the phrase multiple times;
Everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
I am into chapter 2 and really questioning why...why am I reading this depressing book...and yet my soul keeps reading...
Chapter 3 holds a treasure many of us have heard via The Byrds from 1965 in their version titled Turn, Turn, Turn. The original words are found in Ecclesiastes chapter 3
There's an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth:
A right time for birth and another for death,
A right time to plant and another to reap,
A right time to kill and another to heal,
A right time to destroy and another to construct,
A right time to cry and another to laugh,
A right time to lament and another to cheer,
A right time to make love and another to abstain,
A right time to embrace and another to part,
A right time to search and another to count your losses,
A right time to hold on and another to let go,
A right time to rip out and another to mend,
A right time to shut up and another to speak up,
A right time to love and another to hate,
A right time to wage war and another to make peace. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 The Message)
So is there a time to move to southern California, rent a house, start a new job, and attend a new school and church, and make new relationships?
And I continue reading...
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 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 does it so that people will fear him. (Ecclesiastes 3:11-14 NIV)
Timing. Obedience. Plan. Choices. Character.
These are all words that God is having Team Hamblin live.
You see each of us knows with all our mind, heart and soul that we don't want our lives to be meaningless.
So we choose God.
Therefore stand in awe of God. (Ecclesiastes 5:7)
We choose to recognize that all of this is part of His plan.
This morning a big burgundy bold fox walked along the fence in our backyard.
God has perfect timing!
The fox reminded me how awesome God is.
The fox reminded me there are blessings and gifts in each day.
The fox is saying;
Therefore stand in awe of God.