Wednesday, September 26, 2018
CHASING AFTER WIND: REFLECTION FORWARDED BY CYNTHIA ABEGAIL
CHASING AFTER WIND
Then I saw that all toil and skill in work come from one's person's envy of another.
This also is vanity and a chasing after wind.
This verse is quite interesting in this era of quality control, performance- geared
society. The writer of Ecclesiastes pondered deeper into the intrinsic motive of
people toiling for excellence in their work. It is quite ironical since people
just love to compete with one another, outdo each other and compare one's efficiency
with one another. One may ask, what's wrong with that?
But the wisdom of Ecclesiastes uncover the overt motive of these people. It
concludes that it is only a 'chasing of the wind.' A deeper thought will lead us to
understand that it is really just a chasing of the wind and plain vanity! For what
is the outcome of proving oneself as better than another? It causes tension, anxiety,
stress, complications and breakdown. It seems that the author, filled with the Holy
Spirit is pointing at the sweetness of leading a simple life. This is the essence of living,
not a chasing of the wind but a deep contemplation of who we are. If we are made in
the image of God, then there is no need of envy and jealousy. At the end of the day,
summing up the negatives and positives, we are all equal, all falling short of the
glory of God. Simplicity is beauty! Smell the flowers. Take time off to ponder
on the beauty of creation especially on God's love. Do not chase the wind for you
will not overtake it!
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