“Watch out, Michael, life goes too damn fast. Before you know it, it’s over!” These are the words of my father days before his last breath. The cancer had quickly gotten the best of him, but not his ability to speak his mind with blunt force trauma. He had an epiphany about life that seemed to come too late. In learning late, Dad taught me early.
Be careful: the speed of life accelerates as we age. Not in real time, but in time as we experience it. The more I try to slow life down, the less I am able to keep up. Time evaporates so quickly. Why do we live as if we have an unlimited amount of the one resource that is most limited? Time is the one thing of which we cannot buy more – and yet we treat it as if we can. Why do we allow ourselves to be so self-deceived? And by the time we realize what we’ve allowed, it’s a bit too late. The best time of our lives has already slipped by.
Time is the one thing of which we cannot buy more – and yet we treat it as if we can. Why do we allow ourselves to be so self-deceived?
My children are growing in age and height. More wrinkles appear on my face, and my body cannot do the things it used to do with ease. This is everyone’s lot. Eventually, life catches up to us – and then it does an underhanded thing – it passes us in the speed lane.
When I was younger I remember how summer vacation seemed an eternity. No responsibilities. No limit to how often I could play on our small farm, run in the fields, skip stones in our pond, or overturn large rocks in our stream in search of crawdads. But now those days are gone – and the mix of life’s temporal and eternal aspects stands before me like a winter’s day, cold yet beautiful.
It is, at times, easy to lose heart. I will one day have to say goodbye to my handsome sons and beautiful wife. I will most likely have to do this when I am not thoroughly prepared, no matter how well I may try to brace myself. Though none of us is ever truly ready to go, our going will come at God’s appointed time. The temporal will yield to the eternal. Cold will give way to beauty. Forever.
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.” – 2 Corinthians 4:16 (ESV)
Time cannot steal what God gives to us so richly.
The Psalmist prayed it well:
“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” – Psalm 90:12 (ESV)
The funny thing about wisdom is that the more we get it the more we realize how little we have. Life is short. Live like it.
“Lord, give me wisdom to number my days so that I may get the kind of heart that comes from You. Without wisdom, I will drift away from what really matters most.” More than ever, this is my prayer. Is it yours?
Does life seem short to you? Are you living it with God’s wisdom? Why not ask Him for a heart of wisdom as you begin each and every day, and repeat that heart-cry each and every hour?
I’d love to know what you think.