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Time to reflect
July 19, 2010
by Rev. Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church, Cokato

The other morning, while up at our cabin, I was making breakfast. No, this doesn’t happen very often, but since it was just my dad, Josh, and me for breakfast, I was the cook.

As I was waiting for the bacon to fry and enjoying the maple-cured smell, I began looking up at the ceiling in our kitchen. I looked at the 2x6 tongue-and-groove decking and the log wall ties that serve as floor joists for the loft. I looked at the ash cabinets I had built, and how it worked so well to attach them to the ceiling in the kitchen, rather than trying to scribe them to fit the contour of the log walls.

I enjoyed reflecting on the work that has been accomplished, and now, I’m beginning to enjoy the fruits of it. And it occurred to me how tragic it would be to keep pushing to accomplish the next bit of progress, without ever relishing all that the Lord has helped us build these last eight years.

In Solomon’s search for meaning in life, he also found this out: “Then, I realized that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink, and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given him – for his lot. Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work – this is the gift of God. He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart.” Ecclesiastes 5:18-20

It is not wrong to take time to reflect on the crops coming up that you labored to plant, to gaze upon the beauty of the design of a quilt you sewed, to look at a stack of laundry all folded and ready for your family to wear, to look at that house that is all clean and things all in order, or your garage that once again has room to hold your vehicle.

But as you look at these earthly things and find pleasure, do not neglect to open God’s Word and reflect on the greatest work of all: what God has accomplished in saving your soul by sending His Son Jesus into this world for you!

This would be the greatest tragedy of all: to go through life and not relish in the work that God has done to make you His own by faith in Christ. Daily, open His Word and take time to reflect on God’s work.