Like many other people this week, I have been following events in Japan and Libya quite closely. While everything was going on, a seemingly insignificant sound byte caught my ear and didn't really register with me until this evening while I was eating dinner. It was a comment about the country of Libya. Some reporter simply said in passing, "Libya is a country without trees.' Our dining room table looks out onto the patio which is surrounded by trees and shrubs. It occurred to me while I was eating, how difficult it must be to live in a city without trees. No trees probably means no birds. No trees means no shade. That shimmering dappled light threading through green leaves that is so easy on the eyes, would not be there to bring coolness and calm. The extra hour daylight savings time brings, means that I can eat dinner every night in calm and quiet surroundings for the next seven or eight months. What a blessing!
God has provided us with everything we need to keep us happy. What we do with what He has given us is entirely up to us. I could sit through dinner watching crisis after crisis evolve on the TV. I could eat to the blaring sound of rock music or quiet stimulating discussion. What ever context I choose, it is indeed my choice.
So the gift of free will is actually a blessing. How ever we want to live our life here on earth, we can make it happen by making good and right decisions. God says, I have set before you, life and death , blessing and
cursing; therefore choose life.