Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air. (Ralph Waldo Emerson, 19th century essayist)

Emerson’s sentiment might be summed up in the popular expression, “Stop and smell the roses.” Apparently, even in his day people were so busy with the activities of daily life that they failed to appreciate the wonders around them, just waiting to be enjoyed. It would be good for us, no doubt, to pause awhile and enjoy what God has provided for our pleasure and benefit.

So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God. (Ecclesiastes 2:24)