Ecclesiastes 9-10 B

I find myself in an especially pleasant season of life. I’m coming out of the new baby fog, regaining my energy due to long stretches of sleep and finding my stride with two kids. My parents recently moved nearby, filling the family-sized hole in my heart since we moved across the country. I’m trying to practice gratefulness and just truly enjoy how things are right now, but I can’t help but wince and wait for the other shoe to drop.

“People can never predict when hard times might come. Like fish in a net or birds in a trap, people are caught by sudden tragedy.” 9:12

Do you do that too? On one hand, it’s not unreasonable. We are promised hardship several times in the Bible. Even in the verse above it says when hard times come, not if. But it’s also sandwiched in with advice telling us to enjoy the good things.

Your life can vastly change in an hour. A minute. I recently went to a funeral for someone we lost quite suddenly, and I couldn’t stop thinking “but we just saw her”, “but she just planned such and such”, as if these objections mattered.

So what are we suppose to do? Constantly brace ourselves for tragedy? According to Jesus, no.

“Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?” Luke 12:25-26

Worrying doesn’t impact anything, except your quality of life. There is a time for problem-solving, fervent prayer and lamenting, but not before you need to!

The more I practice leaning into God’s sovereignty over my life, my well-being and my loved ones, the less prone I am to anxiously anticipating hardships. They will come, but I choose to believe his grace will be enough for me when they do.

Being disciplined about my thought life is my best avenue for success here. I don’t let myself plan Matt’s funeral when he’s home later than he said he’d be, imagine what kind of cancer I have when I don’t feel well, etc etc. Shut down those thoughts. As Solomon wisely advices, hard times are impossible to anticipate, so sit back and enjoy the good times; they are a gift and meant to be enjoyed.

-Carly

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