Monday, January 16, 2012

In An Instant

"So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." Psalms 90:12

Saying good-bye to my family as I left for Germany vividly highlighted the erosion of time in my life. Years turn to months. Months to days. Days to hours. Hours to minutes. Minutes to seconds....finally to an instant.

After months of expectation and preparation, my time of leaving came down to that instant. One last word - as we were together. One last touch - as I turned to walk away. One last look - as I walked through security at the airport. Then the instant was gone.

Often the erosion of time in our lives happens without much awareness on our part. We get caught up in the busyness of work and home and we don't notice it's passing. This was not the case as I said good-bye. The erosion of time was painfully punctuated by the sadness on the faces of my wife and children.

I take comfort in the knowledge that all our comings and goings in life are ordered by God:

"But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord; I say, You are my God. My times are in Your hand" Psalms 31:14-15

Our duty is make each instant we are given count.

"whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away." James 4:14

Until the instant arrives when there will be no more instants.

"in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed." 1 Corinthians 15:52

Then there will be no more more saying goodbye.

"He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain" Revelation 21:4

I look forward to that instant!

Forever Press On,


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Veronica said...

Praying for you all.

Rom 8:28

Anonymous said...

That's beautiful Phill.
God Bless you while you perform your duty to your country.
Kelly McKinnon