Do you know of anyone who complains a lot about being bored ? Our overstimulated, media-rich world has resulted in many stressed, tense individuals who suffer from chronic, low-grade boredom.
This is not the case here, in our slow moving village perched on the North Atlantic.
The other day, I was busy organizing my spices. I noticed that the tin of nutmeg did not have much of a smell. I saw that according to the tin, it had expired on December 8, 2016. I experienced another brief moment of ‘housewife’s failure’, before I discarded the tin and added nutmeg to my shopping list. Thereafter, I spent a delightful time researching nutmeg, and how it is grown on the islands of Indonesia. I read about how the Dutch traded the island of Manhattan to the British, in exchange for a nutmeg producing island in Indonesia.
By this time, my laundry was finished washing, and I hung it on the line, noticing the shapes of fluffy clouds that were moving east. I saw a snail moving on the ground, and observed it closely as it carried its shell. It was moving its tiny green antlers. Snails really do move slowly !
These are just some of the highlights of a wonderful day. Christians should never experience boredom. In the words of a poem I learned in Grade 1 : ‘ The world is filled with so many good things, I’m sure we should all be as happy as Kings ‘. ( or Queens)