I’m up to my elbows in dirt and tomatoes

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. (‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭3‬:‭11-13‬ NIV)

this summer I made a commitment to live a simple life. I planted a garden. I directed the addition of a clothesline to our yard. I designated a single day for shopping and tried hard to stick to it. I began to divest myself of accumulated collections, trying to do the most good with the things filling up our home. I started baking from scratch. I tried to make it a habit to prepare my husband’s lunches. I even got into a routine of household chores.

I also read a book called “Heaven”. Randy Alcorn’s tome on the new Jerusalem provided vivid images of what Heaven will be like and what it might be like.

Reading through the book of Ecclesiastes might make me wonder a bit at the so-called wisdom of Solomon, but this passage brings me enormous comfort. God has created everything to be beautiful. He wants me to find satisfaction in this life. learning to dwell in the simple beauty of my life as a wife and mother, while feeling that tug of eternity set in my heart? He’s given me a taste of Heaven. Give me an eternity of my children’s laughter, of my husband feeling loved, and even of dirt and endless tomatoes. these are the gifts I treasure on earth and the longings I know God will fulfill in Heaven.

Father, You created me. You have equipped me to fulfill Your purpose. the desire I feel has been placed in my heart for a reason, and You will not leave it unfulfilled. All glory and praise to You, who sent Your Son to die for me, that I may see Heaven.

Amen.

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