Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Grasping for the Wind

What an incredible image the phrase "grasping for the wind" paints in my mind. Have you ever tried to capture the wind? Scientists have spent decades attempting to harness the energy from the wind but have they ever captured the wind? If we could capture the wind, what would it look like? How would we feel? Would it change us forever? Would we be better off with our new possession?

I have been studying the book of Ecclesiastes over the past four weeks and this image that King Solomon uses frequently in this book is quite amazing. We remember that Solomon was given a great gift of wisdom and in chapter 2 of Ecclesiastes we see a discussion of man's desire for the riches of this world. Solomon said that he acquired greatness more than any man before him in Jerusalem. His greatness included multiple houses, great vineyards, servants, and flocks of great numbers. He acquired gold, silver, and special treasures of kings. He had it all. He had everything man could want. He denied himself nothing. But yet he said "And indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind. There was no profit under the sun." (Ecclesiastes 2:11)
Our economy has shed some light on a great truth. Too many people have spent their lives "grasping for the wind". People have not been satisfied with their current status in life and have spent everything to achieve the next level. They are grasping for the wind and never obtaining their true desire for happiness. Solomon also came to this conclusion in his life for he said "there was no profit under the sun". The things of this world cannot offer complete satisfaction and if we try to "have it all" then we are grasping for the wind.

I am reminded of the story where Jesus met a Samaritan woman at a well and He asked her for a drink of water. The Samaritan woman was shocked that He would even speak to her much less ask her for a drink since Jews did not associate with Samaritans. But Jesus offered her living water. He said “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:13-14). 

At what point in life does a person realize that the accumulation of wealth doesn't bring true happiness? Can we ever see the endless cycle of more and better? Marketing experts know the next model of the "item" should appear within a year. They figure the consumer is probably tired of the previous model by then and looking for something new. The cell phone industry is a prime example of marketing to a starving consumer base.

Have you found true peace, contentment, and happiness? Or, are you grasping for the wind? Only in Christ can we find true satisfaction in life. He will change us forever.

In Christ,
Doug Johnson

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