Fleeting Moments

“For we were born yesterday, and know nothing, because our days on earth are a shadow.”—Job 8:9 (NKJV)


I can relate to every part of this verse. Especially today. It’s my birthday. And while the days have flown by, there are moments that seem to be frozen in time.


I remember sitting with my mother as a child, as she tried to express the brevity of life. “My mother always warned me that time goes so fast,” my own mother explained. “Before you know it you will be forty years old with your own children. One day you’ll see.”


And she was right. Just a few months ago, I sat with my own daughter on the front porch explaining why she wouldn’t be taking ballet next year. In fact, this would be the first time in seven years neither she nor her sisters would be taking dance class. We are giving a year to the Lord, a Sabbath year of sorts, free from the activities that have consumed our lives. With tears running down her face, she struggled to understand this change. “It’s just a year,” I continued. “And it will go so fast! Time goes so fast, sweet girl, and that is why we need to do this. We need to slow down and make sure we don’t miss what is really important.” And then in quite a surreal moment, months away from turning forty, I shared the same truth with her that my mom shared with me. And suddenly I understood: Life is a shadow.


Job’s friend had another important point: We know nothing. As a mother of three girls, I thought I had parenting figured out. And then I had two boys, and parenting once again became a mystery.


But there is good news. We may know nothing, but we know the One who knows everything!


“The biggest benediction one man can find in another is not in his words, but that he implies: ‘I do not know the answer to your problem, all I can say is that God alone must know; let us go to Him.'”–Oswald Chambers


“Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure…’—Isaiah 46:9-10 (NKJV)


Dig: Search the Scriptures for references to how much our God knows and how He conveys that knowledge to us.

Discover: Take some time to reflect on the brevity of life. Are you giving your time to the Lord or just letting the days slip by?

Display: The next time a friend comes to you with a problem, be sure to point them first and foremost to Scripture and prayer, remembering that God’s divine power has given us all we need for life 

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Lauren Chastain