Stumped… The start of reflection on Ecclesiastes.

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The pictures above show the same area of the back of our property.  These pictures were taken literally only a days apart.  In one picture, you’ll see a beautiful backdrop with a slow moving creek.  The next shows an enormous tree complete with it’s root system blocking that pretty view.

In my mind, the “new intruder” had disrupted my “zen” and I was determined to take the chainsaw to the area immediately and remove it – because I am in control.  This obviously would have required many, many hours of labor intensive work.  This task would have been dangerous and strenuous, but hey! I can do this.  I didn’t, lol.

As you can see in the pictures, this is a relatively small creek.  This tree did not fall from the top of the cliff – it was delivered here by a day of steady rain. Forces that can’t be imagined must have moved this tree and it rested where it was inconvenient to me.  We all realize that wood floats, but this was a live “green” tree with massive weight.  Modern day large ships need a certain amount of water to float.  Can you see enough water? I can’t.

1 Invest your money in foreign trade, and one of these days you will make a profit. 
2 Put your investments in several places – many places even – because you never know what kind of bad luck you are going to have in this world. 
3 No matter which direction a tree falls, it will lie where it fell. When the clouds are full, it rains. 
4 If you wait until the wind and the weather are just right, you will never plant anything and never harvest anything. 
5 God made everything, and you can no more understand what he does than you understand how new life begins in the womb of a pregnant woman. 
6 Do your planting in the morning and in the evening, too. You never know whether it will all grow well or whether one planting will do better than the other.

King Solomon 

 

I’m guessing that if you’re still reading, then you’re ready for a point? Well, I’ve been lazy with my writing, but not my head.  So many things going on down here in this “kingdom”.  Many have asked me why the break?  Great question. I’m struggling – “under the sun”.

*To preface: I am not about to compare myself to King Solomon, however I do try and understand his conundrum and will explain my thoughts. It’s a blog, so you get what you get 🙂

King Solomon (the descendant of David) asked all of my questions and many more – long ago.  He also tried to seek joy in the exact same ways that I have. He clearly states that one won’t find meaning “under the sun”.

What in my mind tells me that I am somehow smarter than he?

If you had to ask God for a blessing – would you ask for wisdom?  Would you include other requests besides wisdom?  Sure!  We all do.

If someone (loved one or stranger – doesn’t matter) asks you for help, say a question, or advise – and you don’t know the answer, do you take it upon yourself to have the wisdom to answer without asking God first?  Or do you answer with an ulterior motive – thinking you know or that it may somehow benefit you?

It has already been determined! 

Psalm 139

God Knows Everything

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

139 Lord, you have examined me
    and know all about me.
You know when I sit down and when I get up.
    You know my thoughts before I think them

 

And David’s son:

7  You may be wise, but if you cheat someone, you are acting like a fool. If you take a bribe, you ruin your character.

History tells us that almost every major religious and spiritual guidance works (or writings) at minimum include Solomon and at maximum the Bible states that he was the wisest of all men that ever was and ever will be.  Why not refer to the work he has already done for us? He had everything.  He had money, power, ancestry, women, wine, common sense, etc., etc.  The one thing he didn’t have (at least initially) was the understanding of wisdom.  But he knew to ask without motive:

2 Chronicles 1

That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”

Solomon answered God, “You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place. Now, Lord God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth. 10 Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?”

11 God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king,12 therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.”

How many times do we hit our hand with a hammer before we learn the hammer isn’t the problem?  The hammer didn’t do it!

If you set your sights on a beautiful location or situation: home, comfy chair, park, favorite food, song, drug, alcohol, family, money, place of power… does that make you happy,  peaceful, or content? It’s already been tried – and by the wisest man God put on the planet – under the sun.  Guess what he found out?  Meaningless – under the sun.

Have you reached your pinnacle?

When do we learn to leave that tree in the creek alone and realize that it can be gone in a split second – IF God wants it to – same as you and I.  Solomon (paraphrase) said anything we seek “under the sun” is meaningless.  The wisest person on the planet EVER says  to basically to leave it alone.

Funny, my best friend and I were sitting out on the front porch.  Rain had started and wasn’t predicted to be as strong as it was.  In about a half an hour, that creek in the picture was completely transformed. It became a raging river that we thought would take our entire property away.  No joke. Scary, fast, and powerful.  We could feel it in our feet.  It would have taken me at least a half an hour just to get the chainsaw ready and make my way to the stump.  The next morning our property remained unscathed, but that tree was no where to be seen. We searched.

Everything is predestined.  The stump was there because God wanted it to be.  The stump was gone because God wanted it to be moved. Same with us.

More to follow on Solomon.  Glad to get back to writing.  If this didn’t make sense – I encourage the truth that only comes from the Bible.  Tomorrow I plan to continue.

 

 

 

 

 

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