Thursday, August 20, 2015

Teach Me To Number My Days

A few weeks ago in our Sunday LIFE Group, we were challenged to think of a Bible "life verse"...not one that we {thought} would sound good to anyone else or impress those who heard it...and not one that would forever be our *one and only* life verse...but one that spoke to us about where we are in LIFE, right now.  

I must admit, I struggled with this assignment.  I first thought of my original "life verse" that I found while in college years ago..."I eagerly expect and hope that I will in NO way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.  For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Phil. 1:20-21"  

Then I thought of the other faithful favorites speaking of God's love and faithfulness...or Phil. 4:13 "I can do ALL things through Christ who strengtheneth me."...or "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness..."

And, while those have and always will be a few of the many wonderful verses to be reminded of frequently, it isn't where I am in life...they aren't the verses that I find myself needing or wanting to quote each day or each hour to, with God's help, make it through the day to day life.  

But then, yesterday, in my devotional time, I found it!  My simple, but yet, so profound and so relevant to my life, VERSE...

Psalm 90:12 "So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom."

My prayer daily..."God, teach me to number my days!"  I'm not meaning that I need to count them in mathematical terms, though sometimes that's an eye-opener to see how much time has already gone.  And I'm not meaning that we should count how many days we have left, as no one but God knows that.  But, I want to number my days -- as if this day, right here, right now, is my last.  We don't have a guarantee of tomorrow.  Our days are short, and, especially with children, it is often so easy to wish time away..."if only they were to this stage"..."I can't wait until they are this age"..."just wait until they are older and we can do this".  But, even during the challenging seasons of life, I want to embrace where I am, because God has me in this season for a reason.  I want to learn from it...grow in it...and not rush through it.  

I know it's a bit cliche' these days, but I am learning more and more that I truly am going to "miss these days" and wish I could go back to them one day.  I don't want to look back regretting that I missed so much or rushed through life so often.  I want to enjoy them NOW, while I have them!  And, for that reason, I can't think of a better "life verse" for where I am right now than a prayer to God...

"So teach us to number our days..." Psalm 90:12