Monday afternoon we came back from a long weekend away in a cottage from Centerparcs’ De Huttenheugte in the south-east of the Netherlands. Reason for the short vacation was to just get a weekend away, and to celebrate our two year anniversary. It was great. We hired this sweet 2-person cottage, with a jacuzzi, and spent time together as a family by sleeping in, reading, talking, taking walks, going swimming, and have nice meals together. All-in-all it was a great weekend.
I do think it’s funny though that they call each park “A State of Happiness.” A nice pun of course in the sense that it will give you a feeling of happiness, but also that a park as such is considered a small autonomous country in and of itself where you can find everything you need and everything leads to happiness. In a way I was following Solomon’s command who said: “Go then, eat your bread in happiness and drink your wine with a cheerful heart; for God has already approved your works” (Ecclesiastes 9:7). I went, I ate my bread in happiness, I drank my wine with a cheerful heart.
But to say that anything that the park provided brought me happiness would be an overstatement. I mean, yes, the park has beautiful nature, but that is God’s, and it provided a means to be with my wife and daughter in a relaxing and fun environment, but even that comes from God. True happiness cannot be found in material things. We are blessed when we fear the LORD, when we find wisdom and when we gain understanding. For it says: “How blessed is everyone who fears the LORD, who walks in His ways. When you shall eat of the fruit of your hands, you will be happy and it will be well with you” (Psalm 128:1-2). And it says: “How blessed is the man who finds wisdom and the man who gains understanding. For her profit is better than the profit of silver and her gain better than fine gold. She is more precious than jewels; and nothing you desire compares with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who hold her fast” (Proverbs 3:13-18)
Nonetheless, I had a great weekend, and was in a state of happiness.