Life is But a Fleeting Moment
“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away.” (James 4:4)
As I look out the window this day, I see that it is snowing. As Islanders call it, “blowing and snowing, snowing and blowing.” But my question is this. Where did the summer go? It seems like only hours ago, we were planning summer outings, picnics, beach trips and treks to the fairground. Now, it’s all about snow blowers, Christmas lights, and winter clothing.
When I think further about the passage of time, it reminds me once again of the short and very finite nature of our earthly existence. There is so much to do yet so little time to make a positive difference in the world in which we live. We go to work each day, trying to make a worthy contribution therein. Our children grow up and leave us. Retirement and old age creeps in. As humans, we slowly lose our faculties and then it’s the casket. Sounds grim when we put it this way.
However, it doesn’t have to be this way. We can be hopeful. We can be at peace. And yes, we can even be filled with joy. His joy. The joy of the same Lord God who created us in the beginning and loved us enough to die on the cross for our transgressions. He never fails. He is the Master of the seasons. At the same time. He knows our needs, even before we ask.
But when death comes, we better be prepared for this inevitability. Often, in today’s world, people get so tied up in the petty details of busy-ness and obligations that they omit the most important instruction for our soul. That is, to prepare thine soul by believing on Jesus the Christ. Seeking His righteousness, grace and mercy in their heart.
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you for every one that asks, receives; and he that seeks, finds; and to him that knocks, it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or, if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him? Therefore, all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do you even so to them for this is the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 7:7-12)
So don’t wait for the grim reaper to come to your house as a thief in the night. Be prepared for death. Ask Jesus to be your Lord and King. Accept Him in your heart as your Lord and Saviour. And don’t forget to read your Bible daily so that when life on this earth does end, you can immediately enter into everlasting paradise as a son or daughter of the Most High — where seasons and the trials and tribulations of life will no longer be a concern.