Friday, October 14, 2011

Life Is Not a Problem To Be Solved, But a Gift To Be Enjoyed

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The fictional character Sherlock Homes is known for his keen power of observation in solving crimes.  But Holmes also used his observation skills in renewing his faith.  In the Adventure of the Naval Treaty, Dr. Watson says of Holmes:  "He walked past the couch to an open window and held up the drooping stalk of a moss rose, looking down at the dainty blend of crimson and green.  It was a new phase of his character to me, for I had never before seen him show an interest in natural objects.

"There is nothing in which deduction is so necessary as in religion," said he, leaning with his back against the shutters..."Our highest assurance of the goodness of Providence seems to me to rest in the flowers.  All other things, our powers, our desires, our food, are really necessary for our existence in the first instance.  But this rose is an extra.  Its smell and its color are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it.  It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers."

Life is filled with extras--gifts from a loving God that embellish and enrich our lives.  Take time to observe some of them today!

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118: 24

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