THE UNANSWERED WHYS OF LIFE
By: Anele Nduzulwana
“What do people gain from all their labours at which they toil under the sun?Generations come and go, but the earth remains forever.
The sun rises and sets then hurries back to where it rises. The wind blows to the north and turns to the South; round and round it goes, ever returning to its course…life is meaningless”
King Solomon’s words on the Book of Ecclesiastes gave me a new perspective on life and encourage me to strengthen my faith on God.
The verse came to mind as I toured the City of Durban searching for an article to write and looking for a part time job last week.
My mind kept rolling, meditating on the verse, after toiling Smith streets knocking on the door of every shop handing in CV’s.
After midday when nothing seemed to promise, I felt heat burning on my skin and exhaustion consuming my body.
I was exhausted not only from walking the whole day looking for a job I could not find, but from working so hard yet find no satisfaction in things I do.
I’ve always wanted to go to tertiary but now that I am a student, I am not satisfied. I feel like a can do more.
I’ve always wanted to write articles, but now that I do I am not satisfied. I feel like I can do more than writing.
I sat at a step by the City Hall and asked myself, as foolish as it sounds: why?
Why do I have to get a job? Why do I have to write articles or go to school? What is the ultimate purpose for all what I do?
What is it that is so valuable about my future that I have to exhaust myself preparing for it?I asked myself whys and realised that for every answer coming up, there is another why
coming. I could not get an answer satisfyingly enough not to ask another why.
What is the ultimate purpose for everything people do in this mysterious world?
Philippians 1:21-23, “For to me, to live be Christ, and to die is gain. But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labour for me; and I do not know which to choose. But I am
hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better.”
If Paul knew the purpose of his life, why couldn’t he just decide to live and die only if the purpose has been fulfilled? Why could he not choose to live so that he may glorify God forever more?
My whys are endless and I conclude to live to worship in Christ so as to have access in heaven and ask God: Why life was created?