Like chasing the wind ...

I devoted myself to search for understanding and to explore by wisdom everything being done under heaven. I soon discovered that God has dealt a tragic existence to the human race. I observed everything going on under the sun, and really, it is all meaningless—like chasing the wind. -Ecclesiastes 1:13-14 NLT

The book of Proverbs contains the reflections of Solomon when he was young. In Ecclesiastes he looks back on those writings with an older perspective - age can teach us a form of wisdom that is ungraspable when we are young. At times I can relate to what Solomon writes here - life can seem meaningless apart from eternal things like loving relationships. This to me is where the dimension of faith can add meaning to an existence that seems to chase the wind.

On the most difficult days I sometimes look back and wonder if life was worth it - bad days have a tendency to make everything look like chasing the wind. Makes me wonder what was happening in Solomon's life when he wrote Ecclesiastes. Sometimes hard times can make a person bitter and see life through a dark lens - I sometimes struggle that way. Yet I find that it is so important on those days to be thankful for the simple blessings of life and love.

Help those who are sad and depressed today Lord. Impart hope to those who struggle to find meaning in life.

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