Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Sea of Entropy

Ecclesiastes 1

Everything Is Meaningless

1 The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem:

2 "Meaningless! Meaningless!"
says the Teacher.
"Utterly meaningless!
Everything is meaningless."

3 What does man gain from all his labor
at which he toils under the sun?

4 Generations come and generations go,
but the earth remains forever.

5 The sun rises and the sun sets,
and hurries back to where it rises.

6 The wind blows to the south
and turns to the north;
round and round it goes,
ever returning on its course.

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

8 All things are wearisome,
more than one can say.
The eye never has enough of seeing,
nor the ear its fill of hearing.

9 What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.

10 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.

11 There is no remembrance of men of old,
and even those who are yet to come
will not be remembered
by those who follow.

Psalm 31 24
24 Be strong and take heart,
all you who hope in the LORD.

I have to say that today I am relating more to Solomon than David. Sometimes this homeschooling/homemaking thing just gets me down. What is the purpose?

It is the same clothes I wash again and again. I clean them and fold them, only for them to be dirtied and sent back to the pile to be cleaned again.

It is the same dishes I wash night after night.

It is the same floor I sweep and mop, only to have a child tromp his dirty feet over it.

It is the same bed I make every day only to unmake it again every night.

It is the same bills I pay every month, only to pay again next month.

The same things I teach over and over.

The same character issues that crop up again and again.

The same bickering.

The same complaining.

It is the same hair I comb…

The same body I wash…

The same teeth I brush…

My house is a study in The Second law of Thermodynamics; entropy.

(The Second Law of Thermodynamics is commonly known as the Law of Increased Entropy, simply put, it states that order is always decreasing in nature.)

Some days, I would just like to sit back, stop trying, and let it all fall apart.

I’m like the little Dutch boy with his finger in the dike. I’m tired of standing here holding back the sea.

However, even though I’m tired I know there are dire consequences if I take my little finger out of the dike. The sea will come crashing it. The cost is too high.

So instead, I will choose to focus on what David said…

Psalm 31:24
24 Be strong and take heart,
all you who hope in the LORD.

I will simply Hope in the Lord. I will try to be strong and take heart while I stand here with my finger in the dike, holding back the sea of Entropy.

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