Read Psalm 104
Focus on verses 29
When a person has a serious disease, or life threatening accident and we visit them in the intensive care ward of some hospital, we sometimes use the phrase, “their life is hanging by a thread”. If the thread were to break, they would slip away… so long as it continues to hold, they live to tell about it.
When a person whose health has been frail for some time dies, it is still a surprise and we feel the loss, but it is not entirely unexpected. On the other hand when a person is young, strong and healthy and they suddenly die, it seems so unexpected and we are shocked and surprised …yet perhaps we should not be.
While death is always a sad and stark reminder to us of our mortality, it should not come as a surprise. Near as I can tell, one hundred percent of people still die. Some die young and some die old, some die healthy and some die sickly, but one hundred percent of us will eventually have to exit this life and make the transition to either heaven or hell. There is no escaping it, and being a strong and healthy person is no guarantee of a long life! Sure the odds are better, but ultimately our lives all hang by a fragile thread…on loan for a time from God, the Giver of life. It is He that controls exactly how long we live. In Psalm 104 we read that God is the One who gives all the creatures He created food in due season. When He gives it – they gather it up and are filled and content. When He withholds it, they are dismayed, and when He takes away their breath, they die and return to dust. (v. 27-29)
We like to think that it is only those who seem to be on death’s doorstep that are hanging by a fragile thread, yet in reality, every one of us is only one breath, or even one heartbeat away from eternity. We do not know what our future holds. We hope and pray that by God’s grace and mercy we will be granted another day, but it literally is in His hands not ours. So bless the Lord, O my soul! And give thanks for every moment; every breath that He gives us is a gift. What we do with the time we have is our choice. How we spend it may also have a bearing upon how much longer He chooses to extend the time. Perhaps its time for us to stop taking tomorrow for granted, and begin treating it as the precious gift it is. This is an interesting thought…if this concept of each moment being a gift would change the way I think and act tomorrow, perhaps I have not been living life to its fullest measure today? And it that is true, how might it change they way I act tomorrow?