Soul Thirsty: When All Is Vanity

by - October 09, 2013

Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again. --Jesus

It begins first thing each morning: empty the dishwasher, begin to reload, pack three lunchboxes, recite the breakfast offerings to three unenthusiastic kids, the shrill countdown to oh-my-gosh-we're-gonna-be-late. There's also the laundry baskets, the bills, unopened mail, supper plans, and a phone blinking and beeping a night's worth of notifications and a day's worth of plans. All before 7:30 AM, the day still young, the To Do list already long.

What advantage does man have in all his work
Which he does under the sun?
...the sun rises and the sun sets;
And hastening to its place it rises there again.
...All things are wearisome;
Man is not able to tell it.
The eye is not satisfied with seeing,
Nor is the ear filled with hearing;
...I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun,
and behold, all is vanity and striving after the wind.
~Ecclesiastes 1:3, 5, 8, and 14

Somewhere in the midst of the busyness, I search for the compass of meaning and hope, but find
"Used up"
on the dial that used to show True North. 
What was it God said to me just this morning? It feels like so long ago, I can't remember. It's hidden in the fog.

I'm talking about water, wells, fog, and vanity over at Laced With Grace today. The rest of this post is over there.


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