The wind blows strong today.
Leaves rustle and dance.
Wind’s elusiveness stirs my mind.
I see it as it moves through limb and leaf;
feel it as it blows across skin
yet, if I tried, I could not catch it or contain it
no matter how I’d strive, run, and chase
it would escape me.
So I sit and the mind sees how life is wind –
what we strive for is often just out of grasp:
happiness, success, stability,
the way things were, the way we wish things would be.
Prayers seem to go unanswered and life doesn’t feel good.
We stop chasing because what’s the point?
Even day’s routine: work. eat. sleep. repeat. can begin to look bleak and meaningless.
King Solomon wrote, “I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” – Eccl. 1:14
That pretty much sums it up. No wonder depression is real and prevalent.
What IS the point, then?
What IS the reason for all this chasing after?
Even as believers we grapple with these questions.
Part of the answer is in the eyes.
Do we look only with eyes focused on life under the sun?
Or through the eyes’ lens of faith, can we see that meaning lies beyond the sun?
Are eyes fixed on the mirror? Yes, too often self is pretty important. It’s hard not to drown in a sea of selfisms: selfies, selfishness, self-pity, self-blame.
Or is the gaze on the only One who gives meaning to all things meaningless?
Jesus, Jesus, only Jesus
It’s also the practice of contentment.
If I could stop chasing after the winds of what I want, and just be still long enough to see that this moment holds enough blessings – that’s the first step toward contentment.
Yes, I have enough.
We ALL have enough.
And deserve none of it.
It’s all a gift. Like leaves dancing in that wind, undeserved gifts swirl and land at our feet. And if we stand still long enough, we’d find ourselves buried in piles of abundance.
Work. eat. sleep. repeat. now becomes an act of gratitude:
I’m thankful for work
I’m thankful for food on the table
I’m thankful for a bed to sleep in
and I’m thankful for a new day to do it all again.
It’s easy to forget that each moment has meaning, each moment has purpose, and each is part of God’s perfect plan. But if we practice being grace seekers instead of wind chasers, life goes from meaningless to meaning-FULL.
And what does that life look like?
It’s striving to please the Life Giver rather than pleasing self.
It’s knowing that my life has a purpose, and your’s has a purpose, and God has a plan for each of us, and He is at work even if we can’t see it right now.
It’s running the race steadily toward the eternal goal that He has put into our hearts. That is what truly gives life meaning. It’s encouraging each other along the way, and bringing as many others along with us.
That’s the whole point.