“Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered, and that my life is fleeting away”
That is the prayer of Kind David through his song in Psalm 39:4 (NLT) to God. It sounds as if he was not just asking God to remind him, but he actually was pleading God to remind him. The word ‘remind’ somehow gives a special meaning in my heart, it shows that David, and so do we, may easily forget and/or ignore the fact that our life on earth is brief.
David even said that his life is no longer than the width of his hand! and that his entire life is just like ‘a moment’ in the eyes of the eternal God, and “at best, each of us is but a breath” (v.5), what a humble heart of David that I also desire to have.
With this reminder serves as an alarm, surely it will change our perspectives in viewing our life on earth.
Time is precious; money is important and (in my view) it can buy you happiness, but won’t buy a place for eternal life in heaven; talent is God’s gift for us and must be utilized wherever there is an opportunity; relationships with loved ones and surrounding souls are important to shape our characters everyday.
A simple verse, but it surely takes time to be chewed in.
Remind me also, Lord, especially in times when I forget that life on this earth is temporary.
I’d close with a quote from CS Lewis when he describes the concept of eternity on the last page of his seven-bok children’s fiction Chronicles of Narnia, which really awes me how God views our life on earth:
“For us this is end of all the stories… but for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world… had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story, which no one on earth has read, which goes on forever and in which every chapter is better than the one before”
Reminder: Our life now has only been the cover and the title page of book. Chapter One hasn’t even begun.