I’m spending a rainy Easter weekend focusing on the sufferings of my Redeemer and the power of His resurrection. This weekend I’m also waiting for the news the pathology report will bring. In my daily reading of the Psalms, this day’s reading is from Psalm 90. And I’m again reminded of the precious providence of God. Before I was born, He knew I’d be waiting on this news, this very day, and He also directed me, long ago, to take on the discipline of combining one chapter of the Psalms with my daily Bible reading.
The eternal God knew that today I’d reach Psalm 90. He has a word for me (and for you) today.
He has been my dwelling place . . . since I was a little girl . . . but He has been around since long before anything I can see came into existence. In fact, I find great comfort in knowing that He has always been . . . there is never a time when He was not. He has always been, and forever will be, the Great “I Am.”
[box]Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. (v. 2)[/box]
My mind can’t wrap itself around understanding this great mystery, but my heart can. How do I know He has always been here? How am I assured that He is the “I Am” that is unceasing, that is self-existent, and self-sustaining? Because of the witness of His Spirit that He sent to lead us into all truth and that resides within His own to reveal and confirm to us His reality.
His Spirit bears witness to us of His eternal nature.
Trusting in the fact that He knows the end from the beginning, that nothing takes Him by surprise or disturbs His plan . . . that He exists outside the limited unit we call “time” . . . brings confidence and complete rest.
I’ve had several women tell me they’ve received similar calls for a follow-up on their mammograms. Currently in the U.S. about 1.6 million breast biopsies are performed each year. So there is a great likelihood that you’ve walked this road as well. So what are we to do in these times of waiting?
What should our response be when faced with the unknowns of our future?
Let’s see what the Word says. Psalm 90 is a great instructive device to readjust our focus from the temporal to the eternal:
[box]You return man to dust and say, “Return, O children of man!” For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night. (vv. 3–4)[/box]
It is a good thing to continually remind ourselves that we are mere dust. We can easily get caught up in the frantic pace of life, the deadlines, and press reports . . . we can become so enamored with “Today!” that we push aside thought of eternity.
As physical beings who house the Spirit of the living God, we operate in two realms, but the Spirit realm and eternity should always be at the forefront of our heart, mind, and actions.
Psalm 103 tells us that our days are like grass; and James warns us that our lives are like a vapor short-lived and soon over. The fleeting nature of this life is a compelling reason to live for more, to place greater value on preparing for our future residence than on our temporary one.
What should we do in times of waiting?
We need to recognize that all of this life is a period of waiting. We are all waiting for this brief span to be completed before entering the doorway to the eternal. We are given these few days to prepare for that realm, to carry out the mission and purpose for our lives in this realm in order to hear the greeting on that day: “Well, done, good and faithful servant.”
We are given this fleeting and momentary span to take part in filling the earth with His glory.
Thus the instructive admonition in Psalm 90:
[box]“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” (v.12)[/box]
God wants us to apply ourselves to understanding the brevity of life, and in the moments He has allowed us, to intentionally pursue living out the good works He has planned for us. In other words, it is as though God is saying in this verse, “Don’t waste your life!”
As I write this post, on a rainy Saturday Easter eve, I’m reflecting on the period of waiting for the women who followed my Lord. On this day, they were serving a Passover Sabbath meal to their families, but they were waiting . . .
They were waiting to return to the tomb with burial spices, waiting for the unknown and uncertain future, waiting with broken hearts for all they’d seen, but waiting in loyal trust in the One whom they’d faithfully followed . . . all the way to the cross.
They were rewarded for their wait by the Resurrected Christ. Just as all will be rewarded who wait with loyal trust in Him. This wait is not a passive one, but is filled with service and expectancy.
In a sense all our life is spent in the waiting period of the “day before” like that brief space of time between the crucifixion and the Resurrection. We are all waiting for that moment when we will step from this life of death to the realm of eternal life.
We are waiting to enter the eternal realm of the Resurrected One.
Are you living in the awareness that your days are numbered?
How are you spending your moments as you wait to enter eternity?