Last Friday evening while I was out with one of the boys that I work with, I started thinking about names for a blog. I didn’t come up with anything firm right then, but as I often do when I have something in my life that is going on and I’m not exactly sure what to do or which direction to go, I pick up my Bible and let God speak to me through his words. As we were “out and about,” I didn’t have one with me, but I did have my phone, so I went to Biblegateway.com. I went to the page that lists the books in the Bible. I moved the screen up and down and just put my finger down and ended up in the Book of Ecclesiastes, chapter five. I also flipped through other chapters, and I came across several verses that seemed to catch my eye. In the interest of brevity, I’m not going to go into detail right now, but I’m supplying links to them if you want to read them.
On my way home, the phrase, “this place in time” entered my head. When I got home I Googled it, but it didn’t really come up with anything, so I added “Bible verse” to the search. Guess what came up…Ecclesiastes 3:1. Hmm…I’m seeing an obvious pattern here! Many know these words because The Byrds sang them in “Turn, Turn, Turn.” You know, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under Heaven.” Here is the link…http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ecclesiastes%203&version=NLT
I have heard this song and scripture many times, but this time it really spoke to me. Obviously, there is a “right” time for everything. Being a Christian, I do believe this, and the longer I live, I can see how true this is, especially pertaining to my life. My thinking is that I am being told that the timing is now right for me to take a go at this writing stuff
As I told my wife about what I was thinking about, and I read some verses to her, particularly, chapter two. Verses 9 thru 11 read, ‘9 So I became greater than all who had lived in Jerusalem before me, and my wisdom never failed me. 10 Anything I wanted, I would take. I denied myself no pleasure. I even found great pleasure in hard work, a reward for all my labors. 11 But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless—like chasing the wind. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere.”
As I read those two verses, three words jumped out at me….chasing the wind. I told her, “That’s going to be the name of my blog! Why? We live our lives, going about our business, but for what? Why are we here? What are we doing? Here, Solomon is saying that he had absolutely everything he could desire, but still was searching for something else. He deprived himself of nothing. But he still found himself wondering what made him happy. We have all asked the same question. So, what did Solomon finally figure out? He said, “Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God.” Here is the whole text…http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ecclesiastes%202:24-26&version=NLT But look what is at the end of that verse. We see “chasing the wind” again. As a matter of fact, I found that that phrase nine times throughout chapters one through six. Yes, this phrase was jumping off the page at me!
Throughout our lives, we are all chasing the wind at some point or another, some of us more than others. Today we call it “the daily grind.” We are on a constant search to find contentment in and meaning for our lives. Are we ever completely happy? I don’t know about you but my answer would be no. I don’t think any of us are totally satisfied with whatever we have or what we do. God tells us that he is everything that we need, but for some reason, we continue to chase the wind. Even Solomon, who admittedly “had it all,” was the same way. But he finally figured it out. I’m not sure what his life was like after his epiphany, but we should look at him and try to learn from what he did.
So, within a couple hours, a couple different things happen to land me in the book of Ecclesiastes. I had something happen a few years ago where I ended up there too. I don’t know if there is any correlation, but this is what happened.
While participating in a prayer vigil, I did my best to open myself up to whatever God wanted me to know. I tried to empty my mind to let him speak to me. I don’t remember exactly how far into it I was, but all of a sudden, very clearly I saw a capital E in my mind, then I saw the number 12. I was so struck by this that I immediately went and grabbed a Bible and leafed through it. I ended up in chapter three of Ecclesiastes. In my mind, one plus two equaled three, so I went with that. A few days later during Sunday school, one of the kids happened to bring up these verses in chapter three, so in my mind once again, this was validation for me, despite the fact I still didn’t know for sure why it was being presented to me. So, did that have anything to do with now? It’s hard to know for sure, but it is interesting that a majority of what I talked about here came from chapters one and two. It really makes me wonder! I’ve heard many times that God works in mysterious ways. I’m not so sure that mysterious is the best description. As I allow myself to be more open to him, I find instances like this happening more frequently. God talks to us so much, but how often are we really listening? We are usually chasing the wind. We should stop chasing it and start listening to it.
We will venture more into God talking to us next time 🙂