Over & Over
If history repeats itself, then why do we question whether God ―the Creator of all things― will remain faithful?
ecclesiastes 1:9 ampc
“The thing that has been—it is what will be again, and that which has been done is that which will be done again; and there is nothing new under the sun.“
Over & Over: Introduction
With six weeks left in 2020 and one week left in this semester, I can’t help but reflect on everything that has happened. And keep coming back to the same epiphany that Solomon had in Ecclesiastes 1:9, that nothing is new under sun.
Everything that we’ve experienced this year, though challenging and novel to us, is stuff that has already recorded in history. In 1918, there was the Spanish Flu and throughout America’s history there have been instances of political and racial tensions. It’s like the old fashion trends that resurface as hot, trendy styles. 2020 is as such, a year that takes after previous years, just with new faces for the same scripts of the past.
In addition to history I think parts of life can be cyclic. We have the same 12 months, and 7 days every year, their names never change. We have the same holidays every year (give or take new ones like birthdays, anniversaries). Yet we live our entire lives in this fixed cycle, never thinking twice about it!
Things happening over and over again does not impact us but our perceptions about those reoccurrences do. COVID cases are spiking in the USA and we may end up in lockdown again. One might say, “Ugh, I can’t believe this is happening again.” To which, someone else could counter, “It’s happening again just the same 7 days a week do.” Now, I’m not saying that COVID will be normative like the days of the week (I pray and believe that it won’t!) but merely illustrating how it is our appraisals and not the event itself, that sets the tone in our lives.
Almost a month ago, to the date, I touched on this and Ecclesiastes 1:9 with the poem As Things Begin, but I suppose there is more for me to unpack! We’ll see where this takes us for the next six weeks… 🙂
Until Weekend Wellness,