Psalm 90:12 “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”
There are those times in our life when we look back and wonder; “Where did all the time go?”
Children are grown. Grandkids gather around us, and we look at our life and realize, we have traveled far. Choices became careers, marriage, ministry, and now, a legacy. As each day passes, the time, the activity, and the relationships within those moments become precious.
I have learned that a word of encouragement can change the course of life. When one might have carried out thoughts of suicide, they now walk with the Lord in peace, joy, and happiness.
I have learned that time taken to invest in life is never wasted. Though we may never realize a return on that investment in this life, it will reap in glory.
Often, we feel like our time, choices, situation, and circumstance carry us through day after day; seemingly making the choices for us. Yet, those choices we made long ago set the course and the path for us to travel.
“Teach us to number our days…”
What will this day bring? Often, many are fearful when the One who holds our future is secure; whose thoughts toward us are peace and promises us an expected end.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
I have learned to ask for wisdom where I lack.
I have learned to look to God for what work it is He has for me to do because often, my ways and His are in conflict.
I have learned when my ways conflict with my God, He is always right, and I am always wrong.
I have learned that the things this world values are fickle, empty, and temporary. What my God values are eternal.
I have learned that those who have gone before me have much wisdom for me to learn. I must glean from them what I can through the filter of God’s Word.
I have learned the value of my quiet time. When I can be calm in my soul and meditate on God, His will, and His Word, I can face the day with a renewed zeal and love for what it is He has for me to do.
I can listen and concentrate on the One Voice – the voice of the Holy Spirit; who gets His instruction from my Heavenly Father and brings it to me in love.
I have learned the value of prayer; bought for us at such a price and made a clear example as the very first act after Jesus cried; “It is finished.” The veil to the temple was rent in two to signify our access has now been granted, and we are free to come boldly to the throne of grace to find grace and mercy to help in time of need.
I have learned to mind the Holy Spirit. He knows and will always know what is best in any given situation and circumstance. He will not always operate within the morning service schedule and waits for our humble obedience and submission.
It is when we do that I have found to be a part of revival; both for my spirit and those present. He may want to prolong a song service, take a word of testimony, or just remain in His presence to pray, praise, and worship Him.
The sweetest times and days have been when all present have minded the power and presence of the Holy Spirit.
As you go to join yourself with your body, your church; take with you what you have learned and be available for the Holy Spirit to use you to affect the lives of those around you. You will, in return, remember this day as one that God used for His glory… and what a beautiful part we have in it!