I am supposed to teach wisdom. It sometimes feels like a burden. Why? Ultimately the closer I get to figuring something out the more distance I discover between me and the ideal. Arrggghhh.
When I do regular chores, all I can think about is life, and meaning and mystery. But when I actually get paid to think on these things, it’s different. Then I have a half-baked idea of doing something more concrete, though I avoid the specifics (because that might ruin the delusion). Is it o.k. just to do honest work and be grateful to God even though you can’t figure it all out? Actually… yeah.
Ecclesiastes 3:10-13 I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. (11) He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. (12) I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; (13) also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil–this is God’s gift to man.
- Busy = living amidst diverse beauties waiting to be revealed at the right time (could be anything)
- Eternity in the heart = can’t escape dreaming about meaning and the ultimate.
- Cannot find out what God has done from beginning to end = can’t solve the puzzle
- Nothing better = just remember God holds the missing pieces of the mystery and get on with living joyfully.
God’s gifts are more common and familiar than we sometimes realize. There, I’ve cranked out some awareness of someone else’s wisdom. Now can I join these guys for a nice meal at the pub?