Life is precious . . .

Yes it sounds cliche but occasionally cliches are true. Life is precious! Last night Daniel and I got the privilege of holding the hand of a beloved member of Assurance and a remarkable child of God, to help him transition from earthly life to eternal life in the church triumphant. After a sudden health crisis and a long week of mixed reports from doctors, after many prayers prayed and a community that gathered, after love expressed and tears shed - our friend took Jesus’ hand and PEACE came. There’s lot to say there, but for the purpose of this blog - I think I’ll just simply reflect on the preciousness of life and time. Because it matters. The significant moments and also the seemingly insignificant “throw-away” moments that we don’t even consciously keep track of. It matters. Time is precious because life is precious. So what does it mean for us to make every moment count.  

I know for some they will read something like, “make every moment count” and they will feel exhausted. We are scared to live with too much intentionality - it means we have to feel everything and respond. It means everything matters and as we know, if everything matters then nothing really matters. That’s the message we hear in our culture. But Jesus lived differently,  noticing people that everybody else walked past, healing people that had given up on ever being well, feeding people who had just gotten used to being hungry, and loving on people that thought they didn’t “count.” Jesus did more in a three year earthly ministry than most could do with 100 years. And it wasn’t just because he was God, but it was because he cared and He lived with intention. And he did it by marking time, honoring people, celebrating moments, embracing friendship, and keeping focused on the mission of drawing people into the Kingdom of God. What if we lived that way?

There is so much going on in my life right now that is reminding me of the preciousness of time, the sacredness of relationships, and the holiness of friendships that are eternal. Life is precious - Time is precious. The Bible speaks often of the fragility of life. Some read what the Bible says about that and comment that life on this earth just doesn’t matter because we are just here passing time until eternal life begins. With those folks, I will agree to disagree, because I believe the Scriptures are saying the complete opposite. I think the Scriptures are saying “make the most of the time, don’t waste it." They tell us to "embrace time, because there is something bigger at work in our midst. And in it all, remember that God’s love is eternal - it’s forever and for always.” 

The Psalmist may say it best in 103, “As high as heaven is over the earth, so strong is his love to those who revere Him. And as far as sunrise is from sunset, he has separated us from our sins.  As parents feel for their children, God feels for those who revere him. He knows us inside and out, keeps in mind that we're made of mud. Men and women don't live very long; like wildflowers they spring up and blossom, But a storm snuffs them out just as quickly, leaving nothing to show they were here. God's love, though, is ever and always, eternally present to all who revere him. . .Bless God, all creatures, wherever you are - everything and everyone made by God. And you, O my soul, bless God!”