A couplet in today’s first reading sums up both how unimportant we are, and how important we are. It goes:
“He has made everything appropriate to its time, and has put the timeless into their hearts.”
The first part of that tells us that we are like any of ten thousand old dressing or singing fads. “Here today, gone tomorrow.” It reminds me of the second verse of the “Whiffenpoofs Song:”
“Yes the magic of their singing, Of the songs we love so well:
‘Shall I Wasting” and “Mavourneen” and the rest!
We will serenade our Louie, while health and voices last,
Then, we’ll pass and be forgotten with the rest.”
But, the second part of the couplet from Ecclesiastes is the real zinger:
“He has put the timeless into our hearts.”
He has created us to live on two levels. While he has made a part of us as appropriate to our time, he has made a part of us with the sure and certain knowledge that we are as timeless as he is. Our happiness comes from our fitting ourselves well onto that level with him.