Monday, April 24, 2006

The Meaningless Mighty Mud?

oThere are several aspects of parenting that I thoroughly enjoy - some aspects I expected and some are surprises. Yesterday evening Kirsten and I drove the boys down to the Mississippi River in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. As Kirsten held Asher, Ezra and I collected rocks to throw into the river. As Ezra hurled rocks into the river and laughed as each one ker-plunked into the muddy mess, Kirsten and I discussed the joys of children. Why is it so enjoyable to watch a child throw rocks into a dirty river? I don't know that we came to any conclusions but we did smile and thank God for our boys.

Solomon says that everything is meaningless (or passing away). He states in Ecclesiastes 1:7

All streams flow into the sea,
yet the sea is never full.
To the place the streams come from,
there they return again.

How could he say this is meaningless? He obviously never watched his boys throw rocks into the river because if he did he would have certainly known that this was not meaningless. Sure, rivers may constantly flow into the sea but that is not the only purpose. One of the main purposes of the river is to catch all of the rocks that are thrown from the hands of little boys. That is not meaningless.


Alex said...

: )

rick said...

Great observation...

But what if he had written:

All dial-up flow into the internet,
yet they never seem to connect.
From the place they come are only comments not amounting to even a blog.

Meaningless, right?

Bryan C. McWhite said...

Vince, didn't you take VanGemeren for Poetic & Prophetic Literature? I thought you did. Qoheleth doesn't really think it's meaningless - he's just trying to make a point that little boys throwing rocks into a river IS meaningless unless we "fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man" (12:13).

Good thoughts, buddy. I'm looking forward to having boys that do that.

Bryan C. McWhite said...

P.S. I shaved my head, so that it matches my derrier.

Vince said...

yes, bryan i understand that qoheleth knows it's not meaningless if you fear God and keep His commands. he does begin the book with a chapter of 'meaningless' and what i am saying is that he would have never added the part about the river had he a son that threw rocks.