Yesterday in visiting Elaine, she and Don shared some old home videos of days long gone by. One of the videos viewed recounted her and Don’s wedding day, 29 years ago next month. Watching the event resurrected a lot of good memories. For a few moments, we relieved that very special day of friends and family gathered together for their wedding celebration. Across the screen flashed a myriad of people: my grandparents, father, other relatives, Elaine’s in-laws and people no longer with us.
With memories flooding my mind afterwards, I thought of our family then and now. Initially, I considered how good those days were. Then I remembered that we endured a different set of problems then than now. In the midst of multiple life changes, God has always been present in both our joys and sorrows of yesterday and today. No matter how glorious the past seems, problems, some forgotten, challenged us then, too.
Today with Elaine’s ongoing illness, life seems harder now. Yet, hopefully, a more mature faith guides and sustains us in attempting to adapt to family tragedy. Yes, those former days appear perhaps more celebratory than these, yet many joys have come our way since that particular wedding day. As the Scriptures say, “Life is a vapor.” So just how are we to best live out our days?
A question remains as time marches forward. Will we draw closer to Christ, despite adversity, becoming ever more and more like Him? As the sands quickly sift through the hourglass, my prayer is that we become more like the One never bound by time Who is eternally present with His children.
“So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12