Remember your Creator

A friend died this week. When I got the news and the reality began to set in, it seemed like the world should stop for a moment and take notice. But as I looked out my window I realized the passing of my friend failed to effect the cycle of nature. Things just kept on moving. Traffic was flowing. Birds were flying. People scurried about their seemingly important tasks.


The universe is relentless. There is a cycle of life which is never content, never arriving at a point of resolution. Nothing ever changes. It’s like the universe is a big machine which simply grinds people into the dust and keeps on going. The same cycle passed over Socrates, Plato, Shakespeare, Stalin, Hitler and Churchill. It has ground up loved ones in our lives and it will grind us up too.

I suppose this is Solomon’s point when in ancient wisdom literature he writes,

“Generations come and go, but the earth remains forever. The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course. All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again. All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing. What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one can say, ‘Look! This is something new’? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time.  There is no remembrance of men of old, and even those who are yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow.”       [Ecclesiates 1:4-11]

Granted, not the most encouraging outlook on our existence but at least Solomon is honest. Humanity under the sun cannot and will not outlive the cosmos. For each of us [like my friend] our time on earth will come to an end. On its own, the monotonous cycle of nature and the universe offers us no meaning.

Solomon’s answer? Embrace God. Without Him, life is as meaningless as chasing after the wind. He writes, “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.’” In short, the sooner in life you remember the One who gave you life — the better off you will be and the more you will celebrate and appreciate the life you have.

1 Response to “Remember your Creator”

  1. 1 Mary
    February 10, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Thanks for sharing this meaningful reflection about life. I love how you interpret your experience using Scripture!

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