"O Lord, what is man that You regard him, or the son of man that You think of him? Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow." - Psalm 144:3-4
When we’re children, life seems to last forever. The days drag by slowly. A school year seems like an eternity. Ten years is literally a lifetime when you’re ten years old.
As we get older we gain perspective. A decade is just a fraction of a lifespan. Days flit by like minutes used to do and we find ourselves wondering how we can possibly ever have enough time to accomplish what we want to do.
An entire human lifespan really is incredibly brief. Some are much shorter than others, of course, but the end almost always comes as a surprise. Before we realize it, long before we’re ready, we find ourselves thinking about everything we wish we could have done and realizing there just won’t be time to get it all done before we cash in our chips.
A life lived in fellowship with God, led by the Holy Spirit, lived according to God’s Word, leaves no regrets. We come to the end with a heart full of satisfaction. When Jesus is Lord of your life and Lord of eternity, you can approach the door that leads from one to the other with joy and peace.
The amazing thing is that God takes it on Himself to walk through it with us. Our Savior is also our Lord, our loving Father and our Comforter; the Paraclete, the “one who comes alongside to help.” His grace, His mercy and forgiveness cover all that we lack and our failures are forgiven, cleansed and washed away.
Lord God, thank You for paying attention to me. My own insignificance in the grand scheme of things overwhelms me; Your loving care for me astonishes and fills me with gratitude. Lord, let me never wander from Your loving guidance. Keep me close. Let me come Home at last with satisfaction and no regrets, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Pastor Dan Giles