The trucks were gone. All that remained were me and the moving boxes. They contained all the possessions of our journey abroad. ‘Six years…where did the time go? Didn’t we just leave?’ Those boxes triggered memories that caused me to feel disoriented, like I had just emerged from an alternate timeline. Had I been watching too much science fiction?
My life as a global worker was over. So much had happened while we were away. Four graduations, two marriages, and one precious grandchild, plus the passing of my parents. My son had been deployed to Afghanistan and had safely returned. All were markers of the rapid passing of time and the brevity of life. The familiar words of Psalm 90 came to mind, “Teach me to number my days that I may gain a heart of wisdom.”
Those ancient words, penned by Moses, convey timeless wisdom about the preciousness of our days on earth. Scripture describes them with imaginative similes: We are a mist (James 4:14), a mere breath (Psalm 39:5), swifter than a weaver’s shuttle (Job 7:6), like a shadow (1 Chronicles 29:15). Moses asks for God’s compassion, for satisfaction in His hesed, his faithful love. He is thankful for the humility brought on by adversity. His deepest desire is for God to establish the work of his hands and for Him to receive the glory.
I feel Moses’ urgency when I read his words. Age and experience have given me that same sense of urgency about the value of time and wisdom. Like Moses, it is also my deepest desire for the Lord to establish the work of my hands and to make Him known.
The boxes of possessions from our overseas life were reminders of counted days and wisdom the Lord had imparted to me during those years. Wisdom He means for me to pass on to others. Whatever season of life you are in, and wherever you may be serving, take care to count each day as a new opportunity to gain a heart of wisdom from the Lord.
“We will not wake up ten years from now and find we have passively taken on the character of God.” –Jen Wilkin
Life is often taken up with the “tyranny of the urgent.” Are you able to find the time to carefully count the days and practice biblical wisdom in your daily life?