My parents were pretty smart after all. As a teen, they limited my phone calls to the time it took for all those grains of sand to fall through the hourglass. Of course, the size they gave me was not any where close to an hour! I seem to remember it being only ten minutes. I remember feeling panicked as I saw my time running out with too much still to say. And being my devious self, I would try to get away with turning it upside down again. Sometimes it worked!
Today’s verse reminds us that time is limited. It is usually not something we like to think about. But when we live with the end in sight, we live wisely. Watching the “sands of time” nearing their end makes us re-evaluate what is really important. Priorities are reassessed. Some long-ignored goals take on a new urgency. Numbering our days means we sort through what is most important and let go what is not. Knowing which is which takes wisdom or “skillful living.”
Nothing sharpens my sense of the brevity of life like attending a funeral. It is always a good reminder that life will not last forever. David asks the Lord to show him how fleeting his life is (Psalm 39:4-5). Rather than thinking it a morose thought, numbering our days can lead to a sharper more poignant enjoyment of life! I want to live intentionally and with passion, making the most of my time. I want to be wise with how I invest my time, living for what will last into eternity!
Lord, teach me how to number my days and live them for You!