THERE ARE TWO RECENT EVENTS THAT HAVE GIVEN ME PAUSE TO THINK: Why has God allowed me to live so long? And, by long I mean almost 87 years.
The biblical “There is a time to be born, And, a time to die” offers no help at all; except to say that God may well have a plan. However, some of us have a bad time figuring how much time that might be, and to do what?
A few nights ago, for the first time in my life, i had a dream that seemed like a visual portfolio of places people and things that were totally undeveloped; simply images that flashed by, covering essentials of my whole life from early to present. They were a combination of wonderful landmark pictures …. to those not so wonderful; even regretful.
My first thought upon waking at 2:00 A.M. was; “What is it that God is saying?” for it followed my nighttime prayers. What a transition, but perhaps a logical one.
The other experience comes on the heels of a consistent effort to touch base…. as even today, with past friends, only to find repeatedly that they had passed away without even a goodbye. This would be my fault.
Common thought would suggest that it is later than you think. And, that I should be doing something that only God had planned… And, I’m to guess.
Since we know there are really few accidents in life; we look to find a lesson in these circumstances.
Psalm 90/12 declares “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain the heart of wisdom”. We all have been confronted with our mortality only to face the question of “Where can we find wisdom?
On occasion, I suspect that we have all decided to open the bible randomly, hoping that God would reveal an answer to a specific question. Often one is there. Seldom so pointedly.
What emerged was Hebrews 22/2. “Therefore since we all are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every regret and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us”.
It seems that in the context of God’s commission, we may well die and lose responsibility for many things in life. None of us know the distance we will cover or when the finish line will appear.
God’s very clear plan for our life’s review, is that we measure the events of our lives ( as He did in my nocturnal slide show) in the recognition that there have always been a “cloud of witnesses”. How am I to be remembered by those actions and events?
And, as to those friends who have passed; Will they we looking for us, as past partners in the race. We are the ones having the luxury of more time to finish it with honor and respect for God’s intention.
It is not that we may have more time to do His will, but that we will live to do His will more times.