Given to His purpose

ATD 67The Word

“Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered— how fleeting my life is. You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath. We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it. And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.” Psalm 39:4-7

 Thought

One mid-morning I received news that a dear 82 year old lady had passed very unexpectedly from this life. A short time after receiving the call I entered the hospital emergency room where her body laid motionless. Her snow white hair was brushed back and her eyes closed. Present in the small room were her family members young and old silently looking at her lifeless body and consoling each other. I quickly began to look around at those present when one of her daughters looked at me and with no words smiled peacefully as if to say everything was okay. Then I shared my sorrow for their loss, asked if I might pray for everyone, and a short time later dismissed myself.

Walking to my car I began to speak to the Lord in a very quiet, but audible voice, “This is how it ends for everyone. Whether rich, poor, powerfully important, or little known by earth’s measurement, we all pass from this life and leave our borrowed earth shell behind. Please help me each day to trust you Father as you have said results in a life of genuine purpose for all things and to embrace Your will.”

Prayer

You say in Your Word, “Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die. The wind blows, and we are gone—as though we had never been here. But the love of the Lord remains forever with those who fear him. His salvation extends to the children’s children of those who are faithful to His covenant, of those who obey His commandments”![1] I trust in You to lead me and to provide whatever is needed to fulfill Your will. You are my hope for all things. Amen.

[1] Psalm 103:15-17 NLT