The 90th Psalm is credited to the pen of Moses, the Israelite’s deliverer out of Egypt. The twelfth verse has been my focus for the past few days: “Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom (NLT).” Today, as I moved from slumber to awareness, I took the time to acknowledge my Creator (Psa 3:6) and the gift of another day of life. This day, however, has very special significance as it is the day before I celebrate the culmination of 50 years of life in the earth. Awe-mazing! In the Psalm, Moses goes on to point out a fact: we are given a lifespan of 70 years; as many as 80, if God so ordains.
My time of meditation took me from the Psalms into the prophetic words of the Book of Isaiah. In the 65th Chapter, the Prophet addresses God’s promise of a new creation–a new heaven and a new earth. In this new creation, a baby will live for 100 years! As I face the day of celebration, I am mindful to cherish every moment to the best of my ability. I’ve been spending the last few days exploring the Island of Oahu from the shores and streets of Waikiki (Honolulu HI). It is a busy metropolis with the backdrop of paradise. The contrast is much like our lives–we move about “doing life,” and sometimes fail to realize the beauty of our surroundings.
Two photographs I took of the early morning sunrise on one of my vacation days, shows the progression of the sun rising. To the south it was dark with a hint of sun light. Then, as I looked northward a few moments later, there was a haziness, but effects of the sun filled more of the shot. The colors were more vibrant, and the it took on a look of day, not just day-break. This is a good metaphor for our daily lives. In just a few moments of time, our circumstances can appear so dark, dim or dreary but soon transform into shades of blue, green and purple. Hope is just a breath away from despair.
With this in mind, I find myself being more thoughtful concerning how I choose to spend my days. By “numbering” them (as the King James Version states), I can apply wisdom regarding the activities I pursue, the people I spend time with, and the thoughts which occupy my mind. Life is brief; and being mindful of that leads to wisdom. Yet, we only develop wisdom through our relationship with the One who gave us life in the first place. Using my days to commune with God and share His goodness with others is a wise habit to develop.
As surely as my time in Hawaii is coming to an end, so are the days of life. I can celebrate what has already been gifted, and look forward to another fifty–if the sovereignty of God so allows. Many sent me off on my vacation with the blessing that the time would go slowly. I truly appreciate those words and chose to agree. My expectation for a lengthy stay has been met and each day has been full of peace and pleasantries. I have two more days to look forward to, and then I must return from whence I came. There is joy in this–more of a spiritual nature than in the natural. This that I do every day, in the earth, is only a temporary assignment. I have a home to return to; I must go back to the place from whence I came–the mind and manifest presence of my Creator. Until that time, I will make the very best of my days by choosing wisely and living with the expectation and appreciation of what is to come. There will be other vacations and times of refreshing. There must be, because it is wise to set aside such time. I have/and am enjoying my sabbatical. It has provided me with the fuel I need to make the next fifty years more productive and more vibrant than those behind me. That being said, I gladly welcome the dawn, which will take me into the day! -WordsInPrint by Suni