Meaning. How do we find it, where should we look, how do we know when it has been uncovered? Big questions, that for centuries, have turned people in a multitude of directions in pursuit of just that...meaning.
I was taught many years ago that nothing has meaning until you give it meaning. And for some, they give WAY to much meaning to just about everything in their life. The color blue existed before we did, and, existed as something other than "blue" until we named it blue, and gave it meaning. The moon was around long before we called it the "moon" as were horses, raindrops, clouds and crickets.
My point here is that meaning for all of these things is given by our educated minds so that we might communicate and give reference to these "things" and have others know what we are talking about. Think about how confusing life would be if I labeled the color red, "blue". It would created a silly amount of stress and strain in my life until I changed the "meaning" of the color that we all know as red. Therefore, most things that we label and give meaning to are based on a "worldly" perspective, or in some cases, consensus.
The same concept is true in our spiritual lives in that nothing has meaning until we give it meaning, except here, there is no consensus. Our point of reference for giving meaning spiritually to our lives comes from the One. The One that Jesus said he was returning to. The One that Jesus said all things come from. The One that was there in the beginning and will be there in the end. The One that has sent the great Counselor to be with us every step of the way.
We are not alone here, in this journey of life. We do not have to give meaning to what it is we do and experience everyday. The One has already done that for us by instilling in each of us a purpose that is higher and mightier than we can comprehend. The challenge we face is listening, for the great Holy Spirit does not always speak in our language as Jesus told us. This means that we have to quiet our educated minds, turn down the "loudness of life" so that we might "hear" the Holy Spirit speak to us. God did not leave us alone for a reason. He knew that this life, in the world, was going to be tough. So tough and brutal and horrible and unreasonable and wicked that the only way He, the most powerful force in the Universe, could provide help, was by sacrificing His son. Think about that for a moment. The only way God saw fit to help us out was by taking the life of His most precious son. Would you even contemplate sacrificing your child to help anyone else? And, AND, He controls all aspects of the Universe, which to me, seems like there might have been another way to bring us help. But, no, there wasn't.
Jesus died for me, so that I might receive the Great Comforter and Counselor to guide me and support me in and through all the ways of my life. Praise God today for the blessing of the Holy Spirit and all that He brings into our lives. Thank God he never left us.