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Have you ever felt that your possessions own you? Or maybe every purchase you make brings a bit of contentment for only a short time. Today’s prompt can bring great wisdom. Things of this world can be enjoyable, but let’s remember we have a greater joy coming. One in which there are no returns.
Let the quote below from the book of Ecclesiastes 2:17 be your guide in our next prompt.
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Your Prompt Verse
‘ Therefore I hated life because the work that was done under the sun was distressing to me, for all is vanity and grasping for the wind,’
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- Be creative with your 300 words or less not including your title
- Include the prompt in quotes
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- Make sure to use the whole quote somewhere in your story
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Under the Sun
The wind tossed about brittle leaves. Sunlight danced happily on the water’s surface. I strolled through a pile of leaves. They made chattering sounds with every footstep.
Having a second home was to be a haven away from my busy life. If only I would have realized earlier the effort needed in maintaining more possessions.
“Work, work, work!” I grumbled to chattering chipmunks complaining in the trees.
‘Therefore I hated life because the work that was done under the sun.’ It had been a long weekend of laboring in the heat. Indian Summer had come early. Yet, things needed to be done before winter set in.
That morning I was staining the deck swatting wasps. Later, while cleaning the gutters I realized the woodpeckers had drilled holes in the siding. More work was at hand. Lawn care, boat maintenance and window cleaning was a continuous process.
I was tired! All the work ‘was distressing to me’!
“Lord, what was I think.” I muttered into the wind.
A flock of geese flew overhead. They were on their way south for the winter.
“Lord, those birds make life look simple. ‘For all is vanity’, doesn’t Your Word tell me that?”
Breathing in the crisp fall air I felt a peace settle over me. I had spent so much time taking care of the things I owned that I had put off my time with God.
“Lord, forgive me. I have been ‘grasping for the wind’ instead of resting in You.”