So yesterday I mentioned the way those kids where plodding through the corn maze, like they were on some mission. They were marching down the rows of corn, plodding, always moving forward, but really to what end. As I trailed that last girl, I wandered to myself, ‘wow, this feels like a microcosm of my life’.
Have you ever felt that way. Plodding, get up, work, practices, homework, bills, sleep, and tomorrow – do it again! It’s very easy to get in this march of life. Down through the corn maze – up on the rat race, plodding, moving, but never really getting anywhere.
2 “Meaningless! Meaningless!”
says the Teacher.
Everything is meaningless.”
3 What does man gain from all his labor
at which he toils under the sun? Ecclesiastes 1:2-3 (New International Version)
oh yes, depressing, meaningless. So here he are sojourners, navigating the corn maze, plodding forward, never looking back, but to what end. Well, check out Psalm 39. David says
4 “Show me, O LORD, my life’s end
and the number of my days;
let me know how fleeting is my life.
He asks God to make it very clear to him that we are plodding along frail, like a vapor, so that He would place his Hope in God alone.
7 “But now, Lord, what do I look for?
My hope is in you.
And then he ends the Psalm by crying out and stating the he is just a traveling, traveling with God.
12 “Hear my prayer, O LORD,
listen to my cry for help;
be not deaf to my weeping.
For I dwell with you as an alien,
a stranger, as all my fathers were.
I personally find some strength there in knowing that this feeling of vanity is normal, and it has a purpose – to send me searching for my Creator. So I will continuing the plodding, but not aimlessly. Oh sure, my days will be filled with vanity and worthlessness, as yours will be. However, there is a hope that will bring comfort to my days when I look for him through the maze.