As I had my morning meeting with Yahweh today, I read in the Psalms. There are highs and lows there. Heartfelt praise as well as heartache. but what stuck out to me to day was this verse:
So teach us to count our days, so that we will become wise
In the busyness of life, many days can go by before we know it. Things we mean to get to don’t get done (dishes and laundry, anyone?). Worse yet, connections with the people in our lives can go unmade. One day you realize you haven’t talked to your aging grandparents in weeks or months. You just don’t seem to have time. And as much as you don’t want to think about it, you remember that their time on this earth, and in your life, is coming to a close. That’s a brutal realization, really. It destroys what is maybe that last bit of childhood innocence you’ve carried this far into adulthood – grandma and grandpa really aren’t immortal. They won’t always be here.
If we are wise, we will “make hay while the sun shines” – or make the most of every opportunity we have to connect with our family and friends while they are still with us. Life is but a vapor, and not one of us knows when one breath may be our last. If we are wise, we will remember to count our days, for although we do not know the sum of them we do know they are not infinite. If we are truly wise, we will remember the most precious things in life do not come with a plug and a screen protector – they come with real, intimate and personal connections made face to face.
I’m going to connect with my grandparents, who are you going to make a point to connect with today?