I’ve been doing a devotional on the book of Ecclesiastes from Through the Word. Solomon asks some difficult questions that should be familiar to us all. Each of us at some point in our lives questions what we are here for and what is the purpose of our lives. In the New Living Translation he says “Everything is meaningless, … completely meaningless!” I was surprised at this but as I read on it’s like he echoes the thoughts and questions in my heart and mind. I don’t have answers only more questions but I am heartened to know that the wisest man who ever lived had the same questions and thoughts as I did.
As I go through this devotional one song keeps recurring as a refrain in my mind. It is as old as I am and by the progressive rock bank (whatever that means) Kansas. “Dust in the Wind” starts with a wonderful guitar melody. Of the lyrics, Wikipedia Says
“Dust in the Wind” was one of Kansas’ first acoustic tracks; its slow melody and philosophical lyrics differ from their other hits such as “Carry On Wayward Son” and “Point of Know Return”. A meditation on mortality and the inevitability of death, the lyrical theme bears a striking resemblance to the well-known biblical passage Genesis 3:19 (“…for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”), as well as to the famous opening lines of the Japanese war epic The Tale of the Heike (“…the mighty fall at last, and they are as dust before the wind.”), but the actual inspiration was from a book of Native American poetry, which includes the line “for all we are is dust in the wind.” Also, the 1973 song Karn Evil 9 (3rd Impression) by Emerson, Lake & Palmer has repeated ‘dust’ and ‘wind’ themes, and uses exactly the same phrase “dust in the wind”.
Take as listen as you ponder the mysteries of life
From dust we come and to dust we return but are we really just dust in the wind?