Day 5 - December 7, 2017

A Cloud Rich with Youth

“Ship your grain across the sea; after many days you may receive a return. Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight; you do not know what disaster may come upon the land. If clouds are full of water, they pour rain on the earth. Whether a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where it falls, there it will lie.” Ecclesiastes 11:1-3

“Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them”—before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars grow dark, and the clouds return after the rain;” Ecclesiastes 12: 1-2

I wasted a lot of time when I was younger, and I regret it. I played a lot of video games. They’re not themselves a waste of time, but I used them specifically to pass time. I watched a lot of TV. Again, watching TV is not itself a waste of time unless you’re using it specifically to pass time. If you’re bored, and you want the clock to tick faster, that’s what you do. I have a friend who’s a missionary who said, “It’s American to waste time for the sake of wasting time.” 

 Part of my conversion story is telling people that God saved me from the boredom of youth. You can’t be bored when God gives you direction and energy to pursue the dreams he’s given you. But I certainly could have been more useful early on. These two chapters, Ecclesiastes 11 and 12, use imagery to try to convince you, the reader, to experience the feast of life. Qoheleth the Teacher, the author of Ecclesiastes, is aged and wise. He tells us that we are clouds rich with youth. It’s only proper for us to expend our precious rain. God made you, an incomprehensibly complex work of beauty, to experience his creation. But you’re running down. “All is vanity!” repeats Qoheleth over twelve chapters. But you have so much time. Your senses are tuned. Your strength is great, great as it ever will be. You are a cloud rich with youth. Experience the joys of God before dark days come. 

Lord, lead us to experience the rich feast of life.
submitted by Lane Harris

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