Numbering My Days

psalm90_12One of the last things that I did before leaving Mount Vernon was to visit one of the sweetest women that I have ever met with my good friend Caryl.  We pulled up to her apartment, walked in and enjoyed talking to her about her many decades ministering at EBC, where her favorite plants were from, and what it was like to be diagnosed with caner.  It was a very special afternoon.

As I drove back to the church I noticed a group of college girls running on the side of the road conditioning for some kind of sport and then it hit me.  It wasn’t that long ago that this dear woman who I’d just visited was able to run and play with her own friends.  It wasn’t that long ago that the entire world seemed to be full of possibilities for her and adventure waited around every corner.  It wasn’t that long ago that cancer was the furthest thing from her mind and yet today, just a few short decades later it’s probably one of the only things on her mind.

I guess what I’m saying is that this experience was a powerful reminder that “life is short!”  It won’t be long before I begin to slow down myself, and it probably won’t be very long after that when God will call me home.  And in a few short years there will be very few people who even remember my name.  The Psalmist talks about this in Psalm 90:12, “Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” The point is that we only get so many days and before we know it life has passed us by, so the question is how am I going to spend these few days that the Lord has given me? The best place to start is probably in asking yourself, “How am I going to spend today in light of how short my life really is?”

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July 26 2010 04:00 am | Devotional

3 Responses to “Numbering My Days”

  1. Bernie Andringa on 28 Jul 2010 at 7:21 pm #

    Great post Drew. I know I think about that more and more lately. I know that I’m not as young as I used to be, because I’m feeling it!

    We’re all terminal when it comes right down to it. It wouldn’t hurt for us to think that we have a slow eating cancer inside of us also, because we do in some way or another. I know for me it really helps to put what I do into perspective.

  2. caryl on 05 Aug 2010 at 2:48 pm #

    Hi Friend!
    Yes, it goes fast and once you start living for the Kingdom of Christ you value each day more and don’t want to waste one second of being able to chose to serve the Saviour.
    You are a wise young man, Drew and I miss visiting little old ladies with you.
    Marjorie sends her love.

  3. Drew on 06 Aug 2010 at 6:32 pm #

    Awww Caryl, I miss you too 🙂