Well, I know Ecclesiastes doesn't make for uplifting reading, but I find myself drawn into the passages this year as opposed to last year where I kind of read through them quickly to avoid the doom and gloom and "meaningless, meaningless, meaningless" and "chasing after the wind". On bible.org, I found a sermon by Keith Krell called When Bad is Better that has a lot of very interesting things to say. If you have the time, I would recommend you read the whole thing. If not, these excerpts capture what I was trying to formulate in my mind as I was reading the first chapter of today's passage. Mr. Krell expresses it much better than my attempts.
What legacy are we leaving behind when our earthly lives are over?
“Consider the work of God, for who is able to straighten what He has bent? In the day of prosperity be happy, But in the day of adversity consider—God has made the one as well as the other so that man will not discover anything that will be after him.”
Sometimes when we are going through something hard, we are so busy working, attempting to manage, or worrying about the situation, that we don't realize that others are taking note of how we are handling things. I've been told a few times recently that people see me as being calm. I don't take any credit for this... part of it is that I'm simply by nature not a high-stress person or a worrier, but the other part I attribute to faith. My hope and prayer is that people will understand that calm comes not from being in control of the situation (I am completely aware that most things are not within my control) but from faith in God that everything will come out for the best, somehow. Not MY best, HIS best. I will do the best I can in a given situation and trust that God will take my efforts and all other factors in play and use them for his purposes. Not necessarily the way I wanted them, but the way that will be of the most benefit (perhaps to someone other than me), even if I never get to find out why. I'm not very good at sharing my faith with others, but maybe opportunities will arise at some point because of a seed I didn't know I planted. What could be better than that?
Have a wonderful Thursday and a fantastic Canada Day or Independence Day weekend!
Tomorrow's passage: Ecclesiastes 10-12; Acts 10:24-48.