Number Our Days
I had a friend who was feeling pretty disconnected from his family, so he sat down and counted. Not his children, but his weekends. He wanted to know exactly how many weekends he had left with his children while they still lived in his home. I don’t remember the final number, but I know it was surprisingly low. So he did what some have done and he filled a jar with one marble for each remaining weekend as a physical reminder of the time he had left with them. He wanted to create a sense of urgency for himself so he would not waste a single remaining weekend. And as each weekend passed, he took out a marble, watching the pile slowly shrink every year.
Psalm 90:12 says, “so teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” How does ‘numbering our days’ give us a ‘heart of wisdom’? The wisdom isn’t automatic, and we’re not guaranteed any more days, but the intentional act of pausing and reflecting on the brevity of life promotes awareness that time is fleeting and that the ‘days are evil’. These reflections help us become more intentional to ‘make the most of our time’ (Ephesians 5:15).
Jesus Numbered His Days
Sunday we looked at John 13:1-20 and saw Jesus twice hint to his disciples that one of them would betray him. This Sunday he will make it clear which one of them it is. He is definitely counting his days. The entire book of John has been building to this point, and now he only has a day or two left with his disciples. The exciting part for us is that he’s going to spend the next five chapters sharing his last words. If you knew you were going to die in the next day or two, you’d likely have some important things to say!
As we head into the fall season of ministry programs, student gatherings, AWANA, new D-groups, prepping for the restart of Wednesday suppers, and kid’s soccer, make sure to pause regularly and ‘number your days.’ May the Lord give us all a heart of wisdom as we seek to share the joy of knowing Christ throughout all of Southwest Louisville!