Chase the Wind

Sailors sometimes do it. Chase the wind!
It is unlikely that the author of Ecclesiastes had sailors in mind when he illustrated the life of a wind-chaser. He was describing a life that was highly capable of achieving happiness, yet deeply incapable of attaining satisfaction. Beginning at Eccl. 1:14, he describes such pursuit as no more than chasing the wind.
Reflecting on these words from Ecclesiastes, I also recalled Christ’s words in John 3:8, “The wind blows wherever it wishes; you hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it is going. It is like that with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Jesus speaks of the wind in a different way here. The life described by Ecclesiastes is like one chasing after the wind. The life described by Jesus is like one caught by “the Wind.”
When you are caught by the Wind, you can find rest from struggling. Ultimately, chasing after an identity that is based on accomplishments is an endless search. We can trade that for the rest that comes from our identity in the Lord, our Maker, who chased after us and caught us back to Himself.

Donald Nwankwo
Rector, The Light of Christ Church