Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Under the Sun


"What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun." ~ Ecclesiastes 1:9

I've been thinking on this one today. Actually, I was thinking on it last night when I got up, unable to sleep and went to the kitchen for a chocolate chip cookie. I haven't really stopped thinking of it. Do I believe it...well, sure. But do I sense that God is introducing a spin on it in my life...well, sure.

Uh oh, you may be thinking...she's going to mess with the Bible. No fear. The Word is the Word and there's nothing I can do to change that (nor would I want to). What I am getting at, is that I wonder once we've received the Holy Spirit and are in relationship with there then something new under the SON? Under his direction, can we create and inspire something new?

God's given us spiritual gifts and has wired us with a thirst for creativity. We crave the creative in our home lives, in our marriages and in our parenting. We crave the creative to show up by a work of our hands, our writing, our art and our various ways of expression.

Maybe, just maybe, with God's Spirit, the Counselor his son left with us...we are able to create something fresh, something original--something new. Just chewing on it.

And as I keep chewing, U2's quote, "Every poet is a thief" rings in my ear reminding me what may seem "new" is most often just a form of the old, a borrowed expression, a reinvented something...and I take the circle of of this thought right back to the there nothing new under the sun?

What do you think?


  1. I've had thoughts very similar to this throughout my life--you've articulated them beautifully.

    I clicked on your link at Nathan Bransford's site; you and I posted nearly identical favorite books on writing at nearly the same instant.

  2. Now that is some good food for thought. I think God is always creating something new inside me...whether it seems new to others or not is something else! But in relationship, we all experience the same things differently, no?

    Still chewing on it.

    Glad I stopped by!


    p.s. One of my favorite U2isms from their new album is "stop helping God across the street like a little old lady".

  3. Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog!

    I think that God is always doing something new - but maybe it's like buying a used car. (Wait! I know how crazy that sounds!) I just mean that what God does in my life is new to ME, but it's not new to Him. And it's probably not the first time He's done it (whatever IT is) in someone's life.

    I'm not sure I'm making sense. :) Need to think more about this...

  4. Love it! Won't attempt to say all that's in my heart on this one, but just had to say that you hit on two of our favorites -- Ecclesiastes and U2. You have my attention! :)


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