“Vapors of Blessing”

May 15

“Vapors of Blessing”

 

JOURNAL Thoughts:  Friday 8:45a.m. 02/15/2015

Vanity.

In the book of Ecclesiastes   the Preacher or ‘Searcher’ ; Solomon uses this simple word over 25 times in this short introspective book.  He opens his writings with this phrase.

“Vanity of Vanities”

Ecclesiastes 1:2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; ALL is vanity.

And even in the last chapter of the book he concludes with the same phrase.

“Vanity of Vanities” (Ecclesiastes 12:8)

Solomon’s view of life at this time was one of deep and troubling soul-searching. The man was the ‘Bill Gates’ or ‘Warren Buffett’ of his day, for in chapter 2 He tells us  whatever  his eyes or Heart desired he obtained it (Ecc. 2:10). He was in a desperate search for the meaning of Life by purchasing and buying all the material things plus experiences he could have—He held NOTHING BACK in this frantic pursuit for ‘The Meaning of Life’.

All of life is VANITY was one of Solomon’s major conclusions in this book. A better translation of the Hebrew word VANITY, here , (Ha-bel) , would be literally ‘BREATH’. In other words Life is but a mere vapor or Breath, exhaled  and dissipating quickly with hardly a thought of that passing. In that regard, that LIFE PASSES QUICKLY I would agree, especially as I approach my 60th year. Twenty  years ago to me, seems to have ‘flashed by’ like the snap of ones fingers .It  is as if with each passing year my life spins by faster and faster.

The Apostle James said it this way… ‘Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.’

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With all this in mind today I am learning more and more to be grateful for the ‘Small things’; those small blessings that come my way each day . For me, the biggest source of ‘small blessings’ are my two granddaughters; Jeslyn, age 7  and Natalie  age 10.  As an example, It just dawned on me this past week what a joy it is each weekday to escort my granddaughters down the street to get on the bus for school. I had not really been aware that  almost every  day little Jeslyn, makes sure to wave at me before she boards the bus. This is such a small blessing and yet soon it will pass away as she quickly grows older. I am so Thankful that I am able to be a recipient of this small gesture of affection and kindness. These are those small blessings that make Life for me, Worth Living and experiencing each day..

In the end I see life a bit differently than Solomon , for me Life  was meant to be Lived and Fully enjoyed with all the blessings that are sent my way every day.

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I must  NOT MISS these BLESSINGS, for they will be carried away on the wind as certainly as the Vapor Solomon and James spoke of.

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