As people age they slowly began to see life as it really is. Unfortunately it takes growing old for most people’s eyes to be opened. We spend so much of our lives searching for something and don’t even know why we’re searching. When you’re young you think there is something special just around the bend so you start this mystical journey of discovery. When you get a bit older you began to wonder, ‘when is this thing going to be revealed to me?’ After years later the things that you were seeking don’t appear to be as you once imagined. But you still keep on searching and thinking, ‘surely life will unfold this special thing to me that I’ve been seeking for so long.’
A decade or so passes and by then you have so many responsibilities that you no longer have time to chase your dreams. Your time is consumed with taking care of the business of living. You began to worry about your children… then about work… and then about life… and then more time passes by until you just want an end to this vicious cycle. You try to remember the dreams you had when you were young but where did they go? Remembering your childhood dreams seem to be getting harder and harder. They become like a fleeting snowstorm from years back. They came, caused havoc, the snow melted and all things returned to normal.
What most people do not realize is that this thing they are seeking to find is life itself. It continually pulls us forward with hopes and promises just around the bend but it is like grasping for the wind…you can’t quite catch it in your mitts. You get close from time to time and catch a glimpse of it and get excited, but then a gush from the cares of the world blows by and there it goes, tumbling in the wind way out in front of you again with you in the chase mode. It’s all vanity!
The reason you couldn’t find what you are seeking is because it was never lost in the first place. You can only find something that is lost! Life has never been lost! It has been right here present before you all the while you are chasing. All you had to do was stop chasing it and start reveling in it as it engulfs your complete being. Feel the wind blowing in your face. Smell the sweet aroma of spring. Hear the birds chirping, the bees buzzing and watch the squirrels gather their nuts. Watch the sun rise in the morning and set at dawn, over again and again; see the abundant showcase of life as it unfolds its beauty day after day. Just know that there will come a time when you won’t be here to see this. Just as a new blade of grass lives and dies in a single season, your life is but a fleeting moment in time. You are here today and tomorrow you will be gone and what was it all for? All is vanity! King Solomon got it right in the Book of Ecclesiastes:
1:9 – “That which has been is what will be,
That which is done is what will be done,
And there is nothing new under the sun.”
1:11 – “There is no remembrance of former things,
Nor will there be any remembrance of things that are to come
By those who will come after.”
Life only happens in the very present moments. Stop looking for it and start living it. God has you here for a reason and the time for living is always NOW. Ask the Father to open your eyes and show you what you have been seeking all along. He blew the breath of life in you. What you are seeking has already been placed inside of you. Just ask your Heavenly Father to wake up His Spirit that lives in you. Stop chasing the wind and start listening for the still, quiet whisper as God gently strokes your heart letting you know that you are here to find your way back to Him. All that other stuff is just vanity: “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.”