The other day my younger son complained that he felt like the project he was working on was just “spinning his wheels” and not really accomplishing anything.
I understand the feeling! As a woman and a wife and mother, I seem to do the same things over and over, just to do them over again in a few minutes or a few days. I sometimes find myself agreeing with King Solomon when he wrote in Ecclesiastes 1:5-9: “The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course. All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again. All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing. What has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” (NIV)
Whew! I’m exhausted from reading it!
Later in Chapter 3, Solomon encourages us by saying that God has made everything beautiful in its time and placed eternity in the hearts of mankind. He says we cannot comprehend what God does from the beginning to the end but that everything God does will surely endure forever.
Later on, the man of wisdom has found that we should be happy in our work because it is a gift from God – as we work, we find joy and gladness of heart and fulfill the purpose of our life. He says that whatever our hands find to do, we should do with all our might.
Then at the end of the book, Chapter 12, verse 13 reads: “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments - for this is the whole duty of man.” (NIV)
I know I’m rambling in my writing today, but lately I’ve been really bothered by how we seem to do the same things over and over in our personal lives while the world around us seems to be going crazy. So many events and ideas don’t make sense, and some people are so easily deceived.
I pray that all of us will come to a better understanding of truth vs. fiction, of good character vs. bad, of pride vs. humility.
The only thing I know to do is keep the faith and do what I personally am called to do as I throw my hands in the air and say, “Lord, there’s nothing new under the sun, but what You do is eternal so have Your way. Please!”
I’m reminded of one of my favorite songs written by Don Moen, which says, “When it’s all been said and done, there is just one thing that matters – Did I do my best to live for truth, did I live my life for You? When it’s all been said and done, all my treasures will mean nothing; only what I’ve done for love’s reward will stand the test of time... For You’ve shown me heaven’s my true home, when it’s all been said and done - You’re my life when life is gone…”
…So regardless of what goes on around us, God is still on His throne. He still cares for us and desires that we live for Him and trust Him with the outcome. We may think we’re “spinning our wheels” while the whole world is going crazy, but He makes our efforts worthwhile and He can set the world in order.
Lora Ann Huff is a Wenasoga resident and special columnist for the Daily Corinthian. Her column appears Friday. She may be reached at 1774 CR 700, Corinth, MS 38834.