Devotions By Jan

Merry-Go-Round

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Scripture for Today:  Ecclesiastes 1:9  “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”

I am not sure why but I seem to see more carousels in Europe than I do in the States.  The more ornate and old fashioned they are the more I appreciate them.  I cannot even remember the last time I actually rode one though.  Somehow going around in circles does not appeal to me anymore.

The English Oxford dictionary gives the word, “roundabout” as a synonym for the carousel.  These roundabouts are common on French roads and help me figure out where I am going.  But who wants to stay on one and go in circles all day?

There is a French expression to describe the idea of sameness and routine: “métro, boulot, dodo.”  It signifies the daily grind of traffic, work and sleep.  Life can feel like it is going around in circles because of the routine of it all.  There is a certain sameness in our daily existence.  But unlike Solomon we can view life differently when we include the Lord.  He gives purpose to our lives.

I do not always understand His purpose but it is a comfort to know that there is one!  I can take pleasure in the thought that He had plans for me even before I was born.  I can face the routine and sameness of each day because there just may arise a new opportunity to serve Him, if I am looking for it!

Whatever routine this day brings it does not have to be the same as yesterday.  My relationship with Christ can make each day different.  My communion and conversation with Him can be fresh and new each day.  I am climbing off that merry-go-round.

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