I enjoy reading about people in history, learning about their lives, what made them successful and where and why they failed. King Solomon for instance, was a most interesting man. The Bible tells us that he reigned in Israel after his father David.

Solomon was a very rich man and was known for his great wisdom and ability in business. Yet he failed miserably when it came to women. Firstly, he had disobeyed God's command and married a woman from another nation, who did not worship the same God. This then led to all kinds of problems in his personal life. He had 700 wives and 300 servant-lovers, called concubines. His lifestyle as a party guy had diverted his attention away from his relationship with the God he had known in his youth, to more human pursuits. Solomon is said to have been a unique mix of people like Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Hugh Hefner and Brad Pitt. He was as famous as these other gentlemen and people all over the world came to meet him, seek his advice and work with him on his latest projects.

So Solomon turned his thoughts back to where it all began in his youth. After becoming king, the Lord had spoken to him, telling him to ask whatever he wanted. Solomon replied, "Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” God was very pleased and said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.” 2 Chronicles 1

Later in life, Solomon writes the book called Ecclesiastes. Here, he reflects on his life and its meaning. In many of the bible versions, Solomon says that after considering all his work and his play time, life is just 'vanity' or 'meaningless'. But this perhaps is not a true representation of what is written in the original Hebrew language. The Hebrew word here is 'hebel'. A truer translation could be the word 'fleeting'. Solomon believes that life is like breath or vapor. It is there one moment and gone the next.

Then he asks, "So, where is my happy place in this life? I work hard to make a good life for me and my family. I have become wealthy in all areas that should make me feel satisfied, and I party hard with my friends and lovers. There is nothing that I have denied myself. Yes, it is true that I have found pleasure in both my work and play. Yet there is still an emptiness inside that is difficult to explain. Where do I go from here to find peace?"

As  Solomon reflects upon that time, he began to understand that life without that relationship with God is futile. To live for ourselves only does not bring us lasting happiness. We may have a good feeling for a while, but it doesn't last. Eventually, that empty feeling comes back.

God wants us to find our happy place in Him. It is God who gives us the best gifts. He takes us under his wings and teaches us how best to live our lives. If our success comes from Him, it is lasting and we are fulfilled. He shows us that we are unique, that that we belong to Him and that He has put His own special seal on our hearts. It is God's desire that we enjoy our lives. We will find our happy place as we cultivate and continue in a close personal relationship with Him, embracing His wisdom and leadership. We also have unique, God-given talent that leads us into the realization  and fulfilment of doing our life's work. In Jeremiah 29:11, God says, "For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future". Yes, this is our happy place.