“So I recommend having fun, because there is nothing better for people in this world than to eat, drink, and enjoy life. That way they will experience some happiness along with all the hard work God gives them under the sun” (Ecc 8:15).
I think the most wonderful experience I had during our short stay in Disney World was our dinner at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in the Norway pavilion. I wore my “Disney’s Brave” tiara for the event. Upon entering the old castle, we took a picture with Belle and then we ate a delicious dinner that was followed by a variety of scrumptious desserts.
It was great to eat in such a special location. It seemed that most of our time, previous to this, had been spent working; in fact I was still officially working while we were at Disney World.
The passages from Ecclesiastes seemed to fit so perfectly—our hard work made it possible for us to enjoy this dinner, but ultimately it was God who gave us the work in the first place. James 1:17 says, “Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father” (NLT). I need to appreciate my work even when I have bad days because it all comes from God.
My husband and I will be going to Disney World in a few days and we found out that the pool at the hotel is heated and has underwater speakers. Although I am very excited about spending some time in the pool, I am also very anxious because I don’t know how to swim.
My father tried to teach me how to swim when I was about 5 years old, but instead of floating on the surface of the water, I sank to the bottom. I can still remember the inability to breathe and the feeling of panic that I had.
Sometimes when I get overwhelmed I feel like I am drowning. I know that some people might feel worried, anxious, or nervous when they go through certain situations. The Bible tells us, “…you know that we are destined for such troubles” (1 Thess 3:3), “…when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing” (James 1:2-4).
Don’t let the troubles of life drown you! Realize that God is testing you—so do all you can to pass the test!
Copyright © 2013 M. Teresa Trascritti