As I watched the slide show of the high school graduates we recently recognized in our church family, I realized just how fast life goes by. For the parents of those young adults it probably seemed just like yesterday when they were bouncing their graduates on a knee as babies.
Life does indeed go by quickly; Anna and I can see it in our own children. I also remember the desire as a child to be 16 so that I could drive a car; then I wanted to be 18, and 21. Now, I no longer have a desire to be older, rather I realize just how fast life goes by. Psalm 39:4-7 states:
“Lord, make me aware of my end and the number of my days so that I will know how short-lived I am. In fact, you have made my days just inches long, and my life span is as nothing to you. Yes, every human being stands as only a vapor. Selah Yes, a person goes about like a mere shadow. Indeed, they rush around in vain, gathering possessions without knowing who will get them. “Now, Lord, what do I wait for?
My hope is in you.
I am proud for the graduates, yet I was teary-eyed to see their childhood pass by so quickly in the photos; it was just a stark reminder of the transitory nature of life. The thought of all of this makes me wonder what it is that people are seeking after in this life? A senior citizen recently told me that all we need in life is a place to stay and something to eat, yet I find that statement lacking. The greatest food and the biggest home could not produce the hope of eternal life, yet a beggar with Christ as their savior has the hope of glory.
How many days do you have left? What are you striving for? What is your hope in? Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, after saying that all was vanity, stated:
“When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is this: fear God and keep his commands, because this is for all humanity. 14 For God will bring every act to judgment, including every hidden thing, whether good or evil.”