“Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and get gain”; whereas you do not know about tomorrow. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.”
“The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the LORD blows upon it; surely the people is grass. The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand for ever.”
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed every day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, because we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
“As a father pities his children, so the LORD pities those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments. The LORD has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.”
The bible compares our life to a flower or a mist; they appear for a short time and then fade away. I find that time is going faster and faster. I look at my wife, the bride of my youth, and it seems we were just married and now we have celebrated our twenty-seventh wedding anniversary. I look at my children and it seems that just yesterday I was picking them up over my head and wrestling with them. Now they are in university and college. God uses the physical to teach us the spiritual lessons in our lives. We should be looking at the nature around us and see that in many ways it can represent a compression of our life. A flower grows, blossoms, shows its beauty and then fades and withers, just like our lives.
But God has given us an eternal hope, an opportunity to look beyond this temporal and fleeting life. He asks us to look to Him and to find Him and see the unseen spiritual things about these lives He has given us. However, we need to take the time in our busy lives to be able to do that.
May we appreciate those things that God has given us in this life but not lose sight of the eternal hope and promises that can only come from Him.