One of the precious moments I experienced recently during our trip to see my sister, Mary Anne in South Padre was watching the sunset over the bay. One evening we went out to dinner with my sister and nephew Daniel, followed by a visit to a bird sanctuary on the island. This place also has an alligator reserve though my sister stated “I have never seen an alligator and wonder if there are actually any alligators here”. Well one of the treats that evening was the experience of seeing one of the alligators in the Laguna. Yes, there are alligators (or at least one) in the Laguna. It was a very peaceful moment of rest and refreshment. We need to build into our lives points of refreshment and relaxation. When we share these moments and memories with family and friends, they are especially blessed times.
Moses, probably reflecting toward the end of his life, tells us in the 90th Psalm “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (v. 12 NIV). Watching the sunset over the bay reminded me that God is the author and finisher of each day I have to live. In the same Psalm Moses writes “The length of our days is seventy years – or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass and we fly away” (v. 10 NIV). As I write this blog I can hardly believe that today is May 31st. Where did this year go? Are any of my readers shocked by how quickly the days are passing away? And yet God is working His plan and His purpose.
I wonder how many of my readers can relate to Psalm when it says “yet their span is trouble and sorrow”. Interestingly Moses lived to be around 120 years old. Yet when he reflects on life he is reminded of the difficulty of our actual days. He sure saw plenty of sorrow and death as he wandered in the wilderness with the Israelites for 40 years.
Back when I was pastoring in Central Michigan, I had a lady in my church by the name of Hazel. Hazel was in her 90’s and was living in a nursing home when I started visiting her. She was a precious dear saint and my heart was blessed as I got to know her. One day after I had ministered to her for several years, she called and asked me to come see her at the hospital; she had an important question to ask me. At the time she was 94 years old. She was in the hospital due to heart problems. The doctors wanted to give her a pacemaker and she wanted my opinion. I personally thought it was an insane idea but again it illustrates how far the medical profession will go to avoid the reality of death. I told Hazel that she had lived a long, full life and whatever decision she made with God’s help would be the right one. She ended up getting the pacemaker and lived a few more years but with increasing difficulty and health problems. When we see the sunset of a beautiful life let us remember the words of Jesus in the 28th chapter of Matthew’s gospel when he says “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (v. 20b, NIV).
I also appreciate the closing words of the 90th Psalm where Moses says “May your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendor to their children. May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us – yes, establish the work or our hands” (v.16-17, NIV). Let us make sure we are investing into things that will make a difference into eternity.
All for Christ,