When I was a young child, my parents divorced. I knew they both cared about me a lot, and they figured out an arrangement that enabled me to get to know both of them really well as I grew up. For the first four years after they separated, I lived primarily with my dad, and for the second four, I lived with my mom. When I lived with my dad during the week, my mom would drive every Friday from the San Fernando Valley to San Juan Capistrano (in the southernmost part of Orange County) to pick me up and take me to her house for the weekend. To get from one end of town to the other, we would sit in two hours of horrible traffic in her old station wagon. While I remember those visits in the car fondly, I know they took a toll on her. In fact, something I recall vividly was that every time a motorcycle would split lanes and fly past us, she would say emphatically, “His days are numbered!” Looking back, I believe she was actually envious of any motorist’s ability to skirt the gridlock that made her feel stuck, and uttering those words offered her some relief. Yet regardless of her reason for making the statement, the undeniable fact is that it’s true. All of our days are numbered, and it’s God who does the numbering. While we don’t like to think about the end of our time on earth, it’s a comfort to know that nothing can add to or take away from the span He has ordained for us. He is the giver of each breath, and He knows exactly how long our journey will be. Therefore, rather than fretting about when the end will come, He invites us to surrender our fear of death, live each moment to the fullest, and trust Him to help us finish well.
My friend, all of your days are written in God’s book, and there’s nothing you can do to change them. While the world overloads your senses with images that cause you to dread the end of life, you can rest in His sovereignty and trust His perfect love to see you through. Be a steward of your health, but remember that the Maker of heaven and earth holds your body, soul, and spirit in His hands, and He will get you safely to the end of your divinely-designated span. You needn’t live in terror of death or expend endless energy trying to become immortal. Rather, believe that He will take care of you, and know that His goodness and mercy will follow you every hour of every day for all of eternity.