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March 21, 2020 Slow Down - Lynnette Buck

"Show me, Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure. Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom; in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth without knowing whose it will finally be. But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.” (Psalms 39:4-5)


Reflection


Right now, most of the world has been forced to slow down. Our focus has changed from the things that just last week seemed so important to us. We can no longer feel safe just going to the store or out to eat. Many are losing their jobs or at least income for a season. Some are homeschooling their children for the first time. Many are worried about what tomorrow holds or whether they have the virus and are unknowingly transmitting it to others in their homes. Our world has changed!


Some of us are re-evaluating what we thought was most important with what really is most important. King David spoke to God in Psalm 39:4-5 about how short life really is and what proper priorities should be. “Show me, Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure. Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom; in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth without knowing whose it will finally be. But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.”


I would like to propose a few questions for you to ask yourself during this time where the world has slowed down and is so uncertain. Are you spending your minutes and days on things that matter the most in God’s view? How would you live if you lived in the full awareness that your life is short? What can you prioritize and do differently when life gets back to normal?


“The wonder of life in Christ is that we don’t have to wait for His second coming to enjoy eternal blessings. The love, peace and joy of the Holy Trinity are available to us in this life. We can enjoy these blessings when we put earthly things in their proper place – that is, behind the priorities of the kingdom of Christ.” I find this to be the most exciting news that anyone can hear and know!!


May you find peace during this time and take a breath as you remember that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” even when the world is changing. Hebrews 13:8 (NIV)


Resource: For God So Loved: A Lenten Devotional, March 26, 2019


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