♣ A Breath Away

life as a vapour

“Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.”  – Psalm 144:4

“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” – Psalm 90:12

YESTERDAY’S EVENTS IN Oklahoma are disturbingly sobering to say the least. As vivid images and descriptions arrest our minds, our hearts go out to such people; lives that were snatched away; lives that have been torn apart; their loved ones that were here one moment and gone the next; life’s course, for those who survived the atrocity, have been bitterly scarred and altered. Yet, as we sympathise with these people, many of us fall short of empathy; how can we know the depths of their agony and for those that are so numbed beyond feeling and unbelief, having yet to come to terms with their horrific realities?

The many children that were lost, helpless as nature’s elements mercilessly swept and ripped through its course, leave a solemn silence in our hearts. The woman and baby recovered, beyond hope of life, amidst the rubble of what once stood strong, raise those questions we can hardly find (if at all) the answers to. They were both alive yesterday morning; the mother caring for the child so dependent on her; another day, another familiar routine – but a totally different day in how it would abruptly, cruelly and sadly end.

When you ponder over these real scenarios, we begin to see them in a different light; we even begin to wonder: that could have been us. Yet, for some, as far as they are away from it, from one State to the next, will feel emotionally detached from the tragedies as they become so self-absorbed in their own routines, taking for granted their health, liberty, secure homes and families.

For many, life is almost ‘invincible’; the majority of society fails to realise just how fragile life really is. We may be optimistic in view of our life’s longevity, but how can any one of us know whether or not we will be here tomorrow or even this afternoon?

David says that our life is like a breath, here one moment and gone the next. Our life is one breath away from eternity – one breath! Do we realise the weight and significance of that reality? No wonder Moses prayed, “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” Relatively, in comparison to eternity, our lives are infinitely short and we can do nothing to lengthen our days; our days are numbered and what Moses requested of God was for wisdom in knowing how to live those days unto the glory of God. Our lives here are preparation for eternity and how we live it determines in what manner we will spend eternity.

God didn’t make us invincible; He is all-powerful – we are fragile and incredibly weak in and of ourselves. God made us to draw our sustenance, purpose and security from Him, not for a moment, but eternally. Our lives are but a breath, but in whose hands it is entrusted, in our own or His, is what counts for either loss or gain.


Posted on May 21, 2013, in ♣ Devotional and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I can’t begin to imagine what some of those families are going through. I think about Job and all that fell upon him in one day, and yet, he knew that he was never alone, not even for a second.
    Job 7:17-:19 ” What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him? And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment? How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle? ”
    What peace it brings to my heart to know I’m never alone, not even as long as it takes me to swallow. God is good Brother.


    • That reminds me of what Tozer once said, “He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts”

      We can face the deepest loneliness (absence of friends for years) if we KNOW God is with us.

      Praying for you, Brother.

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