Round and Round We Go

Maui Sunset

“The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises.” Ecclesiastes 1:5

Late in his life, around 935 B. C., Solomon wrote reflections that we now read in the wisdom book, Ecclesiastes. Although written approximately 3,000 years ago, his words apply as he intended for all future generations. Interestingly, we still say the sun rises and sets, even though we know now that the sun stays in place while the earth does a full rotation around the sun every 24 hours, passing through it’s light. Daily, around and around the earth spins on it’s axis, never changing it’s direction causing the sun to appear to rise in the east and set in the west.

Nothing is new under the sun.

Death is a Certainty

Round and round life goes, Solomon writes (Ecclesiastes 1:8). Anything you do will have been done again if not already done before. (9) No one will remember the generations that have been and yet to come. (1:11). You will be forgotten.

Maybe it’s because I am now in my mid-fifties that I find myself more curious about my family’s past generations. Maybe it is because I have had loved one’s pass away seemingly too soon and before the generation before them. Maybe I am questioning more what the meaning is of all this time I have left here on this side of heaven. If I take a measuring tape, and with my fingers on one hand on the number that reflects my age, and then the other hand’s fingers on the number when I think I will leave this place, I see a whole lot of tape fallen away from me, and less between my fingers. It is the less that is left.

Death is a life certainty for us all.

Maui

Our Insatiable Search

God’s plan for us though, goes beyond life and death.

“The world and it’s desires passes away, but who ever does the will of God lives forever” 1 John 2:17.

To grasp that there really is nothing new under the sun can be complex. Once I used a dial telephone that hung on a wall and now I punch numbers on a phone that I carry in my pocket. Generations before me that I do not know sent letters via a messenger or may have been the messengers sent on behalf of others. The way we communicate is new. Or has it just changed? The pursuit of communicating with others is not new, just the devices on how we communicate have changed. And will change again.

The search for what we think are better ways to navigate our world continues. The pursuit for better goes round and round, never changing, never new. Solomon calls the pursuit for world pleasures meaningless (Ecclesiastes 1:1). Pursuits not of God leave us feeling empty and insatiable. True happiness cannot be achieved from the pleasures of this world without God at our centre.

Maui

“Happiness is too noble and delicate a plant, to grow in this world’s soil.” – Thomas Watson

I hope you’ll join me over the next weeks as I do deep dive into the wisdom book of Ecclesiastes. Gosh, I need it, I know! Together we’ll discover that understanding the meaningless pursuits in our lives leads us to using the time we have left here wisely and fulfilling.

If you haven’t taken a look yet, come on over to Inspiring Hope In You where you will meet the Hope Connections writers! The Hope Connections book is in final edits and hope to have a hard copy in our hands in the next couple of weeks. This week’s feature post is by contributing author and poet – Hope Defined by Connie Mae Inglis.

(And talking of things going round and round…who remembers the Banana Comb from the 80’s? I guess they are on a comeback! I had a favourite pink one I wore almost daily! And butterfly clips too, are back, but honestly, I never stopped wearing those. Is there something that you have continued to use beyond it’s popularity? Or something you’d like to see come back in popularity?)

Linked up today at Recharge Wednesday with Soaring in Him

16 thoughts on “Round and Round We Go

  1. I loved your take on these verses and that quote, Lynn. Truly there is nothing new under the sun. I’m thinking at the heart, humans have intrinsic needs (i.e. to communicate with others), but the ways we do it change through the generations. You’ve got me thinking now!

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  2. These are beautiful and insightful reflections. Where we look for happiness changes everything. Thank you for sharing. Visiting today from the Recharge Wednesday link up. Have a great day!

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  3. I’m excited about your deep dive into Ecclesiastes. It seems so appropriate. I love this sentence —>Together we’ll discover that understanding the meaningless pursuits in our lives leads us to using the time we have left here wisely and fulfilling. I am working on using my time wisely.

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  4. Wisdom is definitely something we all need today, and more than any, our governments need godly wisdom and most are not even searching for it. Ecclesiastes is an interesting and profitable book to study. Love your photos. I always wanted to go to Maui, but it’s nothing but a dream now. But that’s OK, because dreams can be good to keep you looking forward.

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    1. Hi Diane! Yes, dreams keep us moving forward. I heard an interview with a 101 year-old who said basically the same thing–that it was her keeping on dreaming and pursuing those dreams that influenced her longevity. I love looking at photos of all the Nordic countries and dream of going one day. But am thankful that I can experience the place through a good photographers images too!

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  5. Dear Lynn,
    Oh this sounds like such a great study. There are so many meaningless pursuits that have risen up as urgent in our current day! But truly, there is nothing new under the sun, and even in this the Lord wants to help us. Blessings and prayers for you as you prepare these studies.

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