Ecclesiastes 8: 6 For every matter has its time and way, although the troubles of mortals lie heavy upon them. 7 Indeed, they do not know what is to be, for who can tell them how it will be? 8 No one has power over the wind to restrain the wind, or power over the day of death.
Recently the Lord has been reminding me just how fleeting life can be. The nephew of some dear friends of ours was killed in an auto accident just last week. He was 16 years old.
Last month a college classmate of one of our church members died along with her two small children in the flood waters of the Blanco River near Wimberley, Texas. The husband miraculously survived – and today wonders why he lived as his family perished.
Also last month, a female colleague of mine lost her husband suddenly, just as she was preparing to join me and several other church leaders for a video conference. His death was completely unexpected.
You never know when your time is up.
We all understand this truth in principal, but it still shocks us when it hits close to home. Most of us expect to live to a ripe old age, and indeed many of us will. But there’s also a good chance some of us won’t. Some of us may be taken from this life much sooner than we expect.
The truth of mortality has me attempting to savor life – now – rather than always looking to the future, which is my nature. Why? Because tomorrow is guaranteed to no one. Pray with me.
Heavenly Father our life is but a breath – here today and gone tomorrow. How much more time do we have? Only you know the answer to that question. Give us grace to savor each and every day as if it were our last – because it just might be. For we ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.