“For they are like a breath of air; their days are like a passing shadow.” – Psalm 144:4
We are not promised forever, our days are numbered. It’s hard to contend with that idea; that this home is not ours forever. These bodies aren’t even our own, our lives belong to the one that created it. (1 Corinthians 6:19)
We do not know the time nor the hour, (Matthew 25:13) but we know that it is such a short time we have here on earth. We must live each day for what it is, live it wisely, and cherish every moment.
“A man’s days are numbered. You know the number of his months. He cannot live longer than the time You have set. So now look away from him that he may rest, until he has lived the time set for him like a man paid to work. “For there is hope for a tree, when it is cut down, that it will grow again, and that its branches will not stop growing.” – Job 14:5-7
It is hard to maintain a type of, “Joie de vivre,” when we are consistently worried and anxious about what tomorrow holds. But I know God holds my tomorrow. I tell myself this every time I have a bout of anxiety. Each day is full of troubles of it’s own, but each day is also an opportunity for a miracle, and for new and amazing opportunities to present themselves.
There is a comfort in what we know, and an uncomfortable fear of the unknown. But there is also a comfort in not knowing even….because when God is in control anything is possible. (Mark 9:23) You just have to believe. And God wants the best for His children. I’ve been reading books about heaven lately; about peoples descriptions, and then comparing it to what the bible says. I can just imagine what it would be like. No more pain or tears, just complete joy. (Revelation 21:4) This earth is nothing compared to what God has in store for us. We are here but a short time. I watch people in palliative care, when they are at the end, and sometimes it can go on for weeks before the person will pass, almost like they are just not ready to let go. When they finally do pass away, I start to think of all the things they must be experiencing, and all the things I do not know.
Sometimes when we stop and think about all that God has done already, and enter each day with an attitude of thanksgiving, we start to see more miracles abound. It really is the little things that matter, when it comes down to it. We all have bad days, but it’s never to late to turn things around. Daniel bowed down many times even though it was illegal to do so in his time. (Daniel 6:10) He must have gone through much, but He still loved His God. God brought Him through things instead of keeping him from things, so that He could prove to Daniel that He was with him. We are not promised days without trouble, but we are promised that God will be with us til the very end. He is the beginning and the end.
“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” – Isaiah 43:2
“You may not have had a great start to your day, but you can have a great ending. ” – Unknown