Friday, October 1, 2010

I'm 6,484 Days Old (Yes, You Read That Right!)

I was thinking the other day about what I should post next on my blog.  I always want to write thought-provoking, encouraging, spiritual things that will benefit those who are reading, yet have fun and make it interesting too. =)  SoOoOo...  as I began thinking and praying about it several verses came to mind that had to do with the concept of "numbering our days".  I felt like I should write a post around those verses with the thought that each and every day is precious and should not be wasted.  Then the Lord gave me the idea to actually calculate how many days have gone by since the day I was born. 

Thus this post begins...

Man's days are determined;
you have decreed the number of his months
and have set limits he cannot exceed.
Job 14:5

Isn't it comforting to know that our days were ordained for us before one of them came to be? (Psalm 139)  The thought that God has pre-determined each and every day we will live out on this earth is mind-blowing for sure!  Nothing can keep us from reaching the very last day He has determined for us.  Nothing will allow us to live a day beyond that date.  Basically, because we serve an infallible God, in a sense our days are infallible!  

Show me, O LORD, my life's end
and the number of my days;
let me know how fleeting is my life.
Psalm 39:4

After reading that verse I can't help but wonder: What kind of situation would prompt such a request?  It sounds to me like David was in need of divine inspiration.  Reading through the entire chapter it becomes obvious that he was a bit unsettled.  Crying out to God, he asked to be shown the number of his days.  Now, I think that if I knew the exact number of my days, I might be motivated to live life a bit differently--with a new perspective and carefully making the most of every opportunity with what I had left!  I have a feeling David needed that kind of inspiration.  Many times, not until someone is given some kind of terminal diagnosis do they realize how fleeting life really is.  It'll make you think twice about things you would have completely overlooked in the past.  Why is that? 

It's so easy to go through a day without taking the time to thank, praise, and worship God for who He is.  With the many distractions this world holds, it's unfortunately become quite easy to forget about Him entirely.  Sadly, we have to make an effort to keep our minds stayed upon Him because that's not something that comes naturally to us.  If we truly realized how significant and holy He is, I don't think we'd have time for anything else!  Think about it.  The only reason you woke up today is because He wanted it to happen.  The only reason you are breathing your next breath is because He's making it happen.  He is 100% responsible for sustaining us through every moment.  Without Him, let's face it, we wouldn't be here right now. 

How great is God—beyond our understanding!
The number of his years is past finding out.
Job 36:26

On the opposite end of the spectrum, God's days are without number.  He is the beginning and the end, eternally existent.  That's not a God we should be able to forget. 
Does a maiden forget her jewelry,
a bride her wedding ornaments?
Yet my people have forgotten me,
days without number. 
Jeremiah 2:32

We don't want to be a people remembered for forgetting God. 
So... let's make every day count!
Today I am

days old.

It's a brand new day the Lord has made.

I'm rejoicing right now...

and I'm glad in it! :)

Teach us to number our days aright,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
{Psalm 90:12}


Amber Noella said...

Wow. You're old. Haha Just kidding!!! I'm old too. Not too far behind actually! Have you heard, Blink by Revive? It touches the same points.

Great post! And thank you for your encouragement.

Anonymous said...

I'm 14,592 days old! Your post is very insightful. Love, Moe

Jenna said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving me a sweet comment. I have really enjoyed reading your blog as well!

Many Blessings,

Katie said...

That is so neat! Thanks for sharing!


Eden said...

Oh, I loved this study Taylor! It's so important for us to remember just how fleeting life is...thanks for the reminder! Blessings!

Taylor said...

Amber: Haha! I wondered if someone would say that. :P

I never have heard of Blink or Revive! I just might have to check that out... :)


Moe: That's funny. :D The thought actually made me chuckle inside wondering just how old my parents would be. Now I have an idea! ;) *wink*


Jenna: Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed reading. :)


Katie & Eden: Thank you for your sweet comments as well!! :)


Blessings to you all,

-- Taylor --

Sister #1 said...

Cool post, Tay!!!! :D