No not the Stephen Hawking book, the reality of life accelerating out
of our control.
There is nothing more disturbing than being a father and realizing all
at once that your children are growing up. I've recently found much
truth in the whisper of life's incredible speed in Psalm 90. Moses begs
"So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto
wisdom. …O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and
be glad all our days."(vv12,15 KJV).
In the span of this one day we'll encounter Libraries, Summer Camps,and
Missions trips, sundry errands, lawn mowing and last minute sprints. My
children are running every which way, and this is with only three of
them; a fourth is one the way in October and while I'm not overly
concerned with diapers at this moment, I am already contemplating
â€œI've suddenly become painfully aware of the fact that my children are growing up faster than I can handle it.
And it's Biblical.â€
In the eyes of God our lives are just a vapor. You know what a vapor is
right? Take some hot coffee out on the porch on a cool morning and
watch the steam rise powerfully from it's surface. The steam rises from
the depths, makes a bit of a fuss, lingers for a moment and then is
gone never to be remembered. From God's perspective, that is our life.
Which means that from God's perspective the brief twenty year period I
have to raise each child is less than a vapor – it's a moment that is
gone nearly as soon as it starts.
Of course folks much older than I have discovered this already and they
regularly will visit young parents who are struggling with a simple,
"Try to enjoy this – they'll be gone before you know it." (It's tough
to do that by the way when your toddler is the one screaming in the
grocer store.) I've discovered they're not being morose, they're being
Biblical. Their own Life has taught them the truth of its brevity.
May it be that we, like Moses seek for God to give us a proper
perspective of the time we have left – so that we might live life to
it's fullest for His sake. And more than that, may it be that God
visits us with mercy early in life so we can enjoy it.