Chasing the Wind (8 October 2019)

Morning Encounter:


I said to myself, “Have fun and enjoy yourself!” But this didn’t make sense. Laughing and having fun is crazy. What good does it do? I wanted to find out what was best for us during the short time we have on this earth. So I decided to make myself happy with wine and find out what it means to be foolish, without really being foolish myself. I did some great things. I built houses and planted vineyards. I had flower gardens and orchards full of fruit trees. And I had pools where I could get water for the trees. I owned slaves, and their sons and daughters became my slaves. I had more sheep and goats than anyone who had ever lived in Jerusalem. Foreign rulers brought me silver, gold, and precious treasures. Men and women sang for me, and I had many wives who gave me great pleasure. I was the most famous person who had ever lived in Jerusalem, and I was very wise. I got whatever I wanted and did whatever made me happy. But most of all, I enjoyed my work. Then I thought about everything I had done, including the hard work, and it was simply chasing the wind. Nothing on earth is worth the trouble.

Ecclesiastes 2.1-11


In Ecclesiastes, the author reflects on big life issues. Here he experiments with trying to find satisfaction through various pleasures – some of them sensual (alcohol and women) and some of them achievements and possessions (buildings and livestock). He concludes that pleasure does not satisfy and life is meaningless apart from God. Without God, nothing fulfils, nothing satisfies, nothing delivers. Our time on earth without God will be simply restlessness.


As you reflect on these ancient words, do they resonate for you today?

Midday Meditation:

Apart from the Apostles and other New Testament writers, no other writer has affected the lives of Christians as much as Augustine of Hippo. Before his conversion, he experienced a desperate search for fulfillment and meaning. Later, as a Christian, he was able to pen these famous words:

“Thou hast made us for thyself, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”

(Augustine, Confessions)

Evening Reflection:

You, Lord, are the light
    that keeps me safe.
I am not afraid of anyone.
    You protect me,
    and I have no fears.
Brutal people may attack
and try to kill me,
    but they will stumble.
Fierce enemies may attack,
    but they will fall.
 Armies may surround me,
    but I won’t be afraid;
    war may break out,
    but I will trust you.

 I ask only one thing, Lord:
Let me live in your house
    every day of my life
    to see how wonderful you are
    and to pray in your temple.

(Psalm 27.1-4)

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