So I commend enjoyment, for there is nothing better for people under the sun than to eat, and drink, and enjoy themselves, for this will go with them in their toil through the days of life that God gives them under the sun.
We are still in the 50 day celebration of Easter, celebrating the new life in the risen Christ, a new life that brings hope for the here and now and hope for the future. A new life that says grab life with both hands for there is nothing to fear, a time to eat, drink for tomorrow we don’t die, or rather the death of this earthly frame is not the end as we once might have thought. There are those who are sincere committed Christians who believe that as a follower of Christ life should be sombre and frugal I understand where they are coming from but it wont surprise you to hear that I don’t agree with their interpretations.
This little fella was also on the boat with the Scorpion Fish I told you of yesterday, he came up in one of the creels falling onto the floor of the boat and scurrying away to hide under the manmade rock of an old bit of scaffolding.
The Parable of the Shore Crab
Consider the shore crab, it lands on a strange land but neither worries or panics. Instead it finds for itself sanctuary and bounty beyond measure to feast upon. It does not through suspicion reject the bounty that is laid out in full sight but eats of its fill, both seeking and finding contentment.
Consider the shore crab, feasting one moment and the next scooped up and set as bait for Brown Crabs.
I don’t believe Christ wants us to be somber dour Christians after all time and time again we hear of him eating and drinking, okay he doesn’t do it all the time but he certainly does it. I don’t believe he wants us to be forever looking over our shoulders wondering suspiciously how and why something good has happened, for he came to bring us life in all its fullness. And I don’t believe that Christ wants us to miserable, for if that was the case surely he wouldn’t have made people’s lives better by healing the lame and the deaf and the blind, not casting the stone, comforting the bereaved, welcoming the outcast and … well you get the picture.
I do believe that our lives can be bait for others, attractive examples of what life can be. Of the contentment and fulfillment that life can offer knowing God will provide. Knowing that there are places of safety when things seem a bit strange. Set free from anxiety knowing that the future has already been taken care of by a cross and an empty grave. I believe that to be a Christian doesn’t mean no more eating, drinking no more being merry, but rather no more worry surely that is enough to put a smile on anyones face!