Ecclesiastes 3:13 also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.
My wife and I were out for some ice cream a few weeks back and as we were waiting for our delectable delight I noticed two young kids each about to receive from their parents a huge ice cream cone with multiple scoops. Their eyes were both wide waiting to enjoy this treat that would not only make their taste buds dance with joy but bring bright smiles and laughter. However, as they were handed their desserts, amidst their squeals of joy, one grabbed the cone and began to inhale it taking big bites that made my teeth cringe. Then, he began licking up the sides of the cone as not to miss a drip while forming the scoops of ice cream into one, curled-top mountain. His intensity and focus was ferocious as each lick syphoned off huge portions. The other child was quite different. At first, he did not even take the cone from his mom’s hand. He stood up with an expression of awe and looked all around the cone, eyeing each scoop and the texture of the cone. His mom had to place it in his hand before he would take it. Still he stared it up and down as he let the drips of ice cream land on his hand gripping the cone. After his dad wiped the face of his brother who was more than halfway done and wearing much of the ice cream feeding frenzy all over his face, the father leaned over and said, “What are you waiting for? Enjoy it.” The son answered back without losing eye contact with his treat and said, “I am. I know it’s going to taste as good as it looks.” Then he took his first, long, calculated lick. With eyes closed, he put his head back and swallowed slowly with a big satisfied smile. His expression almost had me tasting his ice cream. This kid knew how to savor the moment!
I actually kind of envy that savor-the-moment kid. Much of my life I have rushed through like the first child wolfing down his ice cream, and did not savor some of the moments of my life. I’m not sure why I am like that. It probably has to do with my crazy life growing up. Regardless, I find it all too easy in our instant, rushed, got-to-get-on-to-the-next-thing world not to take the time to savor some of the moments of life.
We are actually encouraged in the Bible to make time to enjoy, to savor the moments of life. In the Bible book of Ecclesiastes, a book written by King Solomon, the wisest man that ever lived besides Jesus (see 1 Kings 3:1-15 to find out why), we are challenged to enjoy and savor life.
Ecclesiastes 5:18-19 Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot. Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil—this is the gift of God.
Ecclesiastes 8:15 And I commend joy, for man has nothing better under the sun but to eat and drink and be joyful, for this will go with him in his toil through the days of his life that God has given him under the sun.
Life is short, and God provides for us wonderful experiences that we should not just breeze by, but soak in, celebrate, and revel in the joy of it all. I still remember the father/daughter dance at both of my girls’ weddings. I just wanted to make time stop as I beheld the beautiful women our little girls had become and the joy of them now starting their own family. That memory will always hold a precious place in my heart.
Ecclesiastes 2:24 There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God,
I think Solomon was into fine foods and the enjoyment of a good meal. God gave us these amazing taste buds to let the foods we eat bring us joy, and so why not savor the beverages, foods, and desserts out there.
One key in all our savoring is to let God guide us. Kind David, Solomon’s dad put it this way:
Psalm 23:1-5 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Following God opens great times to savor the moments of life. Life can get so busy. Why not make some time and take some time to savor the moments. There may be some great joy waiting for you! I think I want some ice cream now!
Church can be a great place to savor some moments with God. If you do not already have a church where you attend, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or any of our branch churches. Our website has all the information you would need www.cypresschurch.net.
Seeking to savor the moments of life along with you,