I read the book of Ecclesiastes again (I will again and again…) and I realized the words were written to and for a ‘human being’.
The words were written for me and if you are a human being – for you also.
My definition of a human being – one who is on and off. A person that can wake up with so much calmness and three hours into the day gets ticked off by the slightest mishap.
I considered why the book was so down-to-earth; explaining various contrasts that the ‘human being‘ experiences. A person who can be so weak, but at the same time has the grace for remarkable strength.
Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works. (Ecclesiates 9 verse 7)
Next verse hits you…
Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment. (Ecclesiates 9 verse 8)
The contrasts of living mundane vs living holy *thinking*, the opposite of a merry moment vs a sober moment… The nature of a ‘human being’.
Oh well, this book is written this down-to-earth way (I believe), because we are already here – earth (a passing place of tests). We are basically ‘going through’ and in testing periods (in this case, living), there exists a ‘cycle’.
The Jewish interpretation of Psalm 23 verse 3 came to me recently…
…He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake.
In Hebrew is “…He leadeth me in the cycles of righteousness for His Name’s sake.”
It is analogous to how a Shepherd leads his sheep through while grazing…cycles of pasture land.
So, this is it! Beyond being just human beings, as children of God (the Good Shephard), He leads us through the cycles of life…the turns, the curves, the straight paths, the far roads, the close distances, the narrow way, the lush pastures, the barren areas, and so on – that’s our life path.
While you are at it…be a ‘human being’ and give others permission to do the same.
You woke up and you may need at least 30 minutes of prayers by the end of the day to calm yourself back to rest…that’s alright – you are a human being.
Or maybe, your family member has robbed their downtime of ‘misbehavior’ and ‘absenteeism’ on you…they must be
too human. But you are too – so give him/her permission to be a human being.
And while you are at your 30 minutes or more prayer time, pray for that person and let God do the ‘shepherding’ of us all.
You remain a human being and Be Human.