“Smoke, nothing but smoke. There’s nothing to anything—it’s all smoke. What’s there to show for a lifetime of work, a lifetime of working your fingers to the bone?” Ecclesiastes 1:2-3 (The Message Bible)
This morning as I read from the daily devotional, Christ in Our Home (Augsburg Fortress), the feeling of being trapped in a smoke-filled restaurant or bar began to fade away. After taking a few days off from daily blogging, something in my spirit changed. I became lethargic, and I realized that I had not been blogging for the reader, but to keep the smoke (or Arizona smog) out of my own soul. “Daily Meditation Moment” had never been a process of “working my fingers to the bone.” However, I had let my freedom to choose what was important in my life to cloud over what God had planted in my heart 586 blogs ago.
Ecclesiastes 3:14 says, “I’ve also concluded that whatever God does, that’s the way it’s going to be, always. No addition, no subtraction. God’s done it and that’s it. That’s so we’ll quit asking questions and simply worship in holy fear.” Today, God nudged me back into action at my keyboard. The spirit is flowing…maybe you’ll hear from me tomorrow, maybe you won’t.
Lord, I’m not content to let my calling of writing inspirational messages be consumed by smoke. Please open the window and clear the air to my soul. Amen.