Written By Nicole Wood
Each year, time seems to be flying by faster than the one before. They say it is a sign of ageing; the older you get, the faster time seems to go by. In a sense, this does scare me because, in my heart, the urgency swells. I feel like there are still so many things that I want to do to make a difference and I would like to find more purpose and know more of what God wants from me and my life. And, sometimes the daily rut of the ordinary and the mundane, wraps its fingers around my soul and threatens to choke me.
Psalms 90:12 (NIV)
‘Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.’
What a beautiful request from the Psalmist. What if we knew what the exact number of our days on this earth would be? Would we act differently today or tomorrow? What wisdom would we gain? Would we let go of that offence if we knew today was our last day? Would we stop fearing what others may think of us and commit to what we know in our hearts to be true?
Ironically, I’ve realised that if I keep focusing on myself and my own needs and desires, I am missing the point. All these years I’ve been trying to figure out what God wants me to do in terms of my career, etc. The older I get though, the more I realise my life is not about me, and yet I keep getting in the way.
So, this anonymous quote is my prayer.
‘Maybe the mountain is me. Lord, help me move out of my own way.’
I pray that we won’t stand in our own way when it comes to being all that God created us to be and that we can learn to let go of the trivial things holding us back. After all, God helps us to place time in perspective, because He has created us with eternity in mind.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV)
‘He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart...’
Whatever season of our lives we are in, Jesus can teach us to number our days so that we can find hope and purpose in each one of them.