Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life?
You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. (James 4:14)
The day was cloudy and somewhat brisk, a typical fall day. Leaves were falling to the ground as the wind picked up. I looked at the changing leaves ahead on my drive to the church building and knew winter was in the air. My thoughts became true all too soon as heavy flakes began dropping from the sky, making visibility difficult. I was now making my way through a blizzard of snow.
I had to scrape heavy, wet snow off my car after I completed printing the church bulletin. Yet, two hours later, the snow disappeared, and the green grass was visible once again. It could have been the start of spring, except for the events that had just occurred and the changing colors of falling leaves.
The seasons seemed to play out before me in a few hours. God’s glory of change. We live through the seasons in our lives, not quite expecting the fall to come so soon or the winter to hit us with the reality of its arrival. Are we truly prepared?
Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.
13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” (James 4:13-15)
“Show me, Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days;
let me know how fleeting my life is.
You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
the span of my years is as nothing before You.
Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure. (Psalm 39:4-5)
In the season of our lives when the leaves are falling to the ground, variant hues swirling downward, we should become more introspective by examining our lives and the number of days, how fleeting. They fade before us like the fallen leaves that become brittle, crumbling within our hands.
In preparation for the inevitable snow and cold of our winter season, we know, with assurance through Him, that new life awaits in an eternal season of spring.
God’s glory of change. His renewal of life. The snow melts, and the grass is green once again.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? (Matthew 6:25-27)
Through each season, God is there. We must trust in Him to help us through each change, knowing that a new life awaits us after this one ceases to be. For some, the time may come before the falling of leaves, the autumn of their days.
Therefore, we must be prepared to meet our Lord through each season of accountability before God.
Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure.
(Sharon G. Tate blog 10/28/18) teacherforjesus.com Meditations on God’s Word