Psalm 139:16 says: “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”
This week as I reflected on the sudden death of my nephew I was reminded of a few things.
His death makes me so intensely aware of the fragility of life and therefore its fickle beauty. It also forces me to appreciate the importance of being present in the “now,” because who knows what will happen tomorrow. I was also reminded that “Death spares none. Death is an appointment no one has ever or will ever escape, excuse, or evade. Death angel knows no birthdays, recognizes no holidays and takes no vacation days. The sentence of death is upon every man.
The Bible teaches us to view our life as brief and quickly passing. Our days are numbered. David writes in Psalm 39:4: “Show me, O LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life.” Or as we see in Psalm 90:12: “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
Each of us only gets a certain amount of time on this earth, and that time is ordained by God. Some people live long, healthy lives, while others lives are short.
Sometimes I forget how impermanent this life is, how fragile and breakable we are, how temporary our existence is. And sometimes I need a little reminder; we all need a little reminder.
So this is my reminder, a reminder for all of us – what we have won’t last forever. Not these bodies. Not these homes. Not these cars. Not these shoes. Not these clothes etc.
Life is fleeting and uncertain so let us embrace what we have and do not take it for granted; because we are not guaranteed our next breath, next drive, next shower, next walk, next meal etc…Let us continue to show love to one another and make our temporary life count.
THINK ABOUT IT: What are you doing with the shortness of life? What would you do if you knew that tomorrow is your last day?