Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Realizing Brevity

Scripture Texts: Exodus 15; Psalm 90; Revelation 15:1-4

The pslamist writes, "Teach us to realize the brevity of life" (v 12). There are seasons in life when it feels like days take longer to pass and we seem to wish the time would move more quickly. The result is we begin to wish away the gift of life that God has given us in hopes that it will all move faster. The encouragment from the Psalmist is important to for us to hear in the present day.

Life changes so quickly. As we write this a good friend of ours is lying in a hospital bed heavily sedated after a car accident. Just a few days ago his life was what might be called normal in the blink of an eye it all changed and never again will life be the same for him. We are trusting God and the medical staff for healing, and when he is able to, I am sure there will be a realization of the brevity of life.

So the question becomes what are we doing with the life we have been given, the life that is more brief than we often realize? All too often we use our life for things that are unimportant, or not focused on the call and direction of God. Perhaps it is because we suspect we have lots of time. We suspect that the scene played out in Revelation is way off in the distance. That is exactly why the words of the Psalmist are important still, Teach us to realize the brevity of life.

When we were first married I, Aaron, would tell Sarah that my goal is to be married for 100 years. To pull this off we would need to live to be 124 years old. Taking such a long view might cause us to think we have lots of time together. In some ways we do, however that can all change in an instant. So what we do today with our marriage makes a difference.

Making sure what needs to be said today gets said and what needs to be done, is done. This can be as simple as making sure to part each others presence with the words, I love you. We do not know if the brevity of life will show up and rob us of an opportunity to share those words and feelings with each other again. It is important to not miss an opportunity to share words or signs of affection with your spouse as life is more brief than we realize.

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