Life is Short
I remember when it hit me, again, how incredibly short my life is. I was driving home, stuck in traffic, pondering my job. At the time, I was working in a really unhealthy environment, but doing a job that I believed really mattered. I knew I was making a difference, but at the same time felt like a kid trying to prop up a sand castle. I could see genuine results of my efforts, but I knew the unhealthy environment I was in was not going to change and that eventually the sea would slowly swallow my efforts. As my Jeep sat idling at the stop light, my frustration began to build. As I waited for the traffic to get moving, a tidal wave of futility began to wash over me and the question began to rise again. "My life will be over in a moment and will it have even mattered?" That feeling of helplessness in light of the end was overwhelming. The man Job said it well in his sorrow when he declared,
"Mortals, born of woman, are of few days and full of trouble. They spring up like flowers and wither away; like fleeting shadows, they do not endure...A person’s days are determined; you [God] have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed. So look away from him and let him alone, till he has put in his time like a hired laborer...a man dies and is laid low; he breathes his last and is no more" (Job 14:1-10 NIV).
The weight of our life's brevity and futility is crushing. Thankfully, as a follower of Jesus, one little thought swung into my mind, like a life preserver being thrown to a drowning man, "This is not the end." As a Christian, my life hangs in the tension that my life here is extremely short, and yet this is not the end. In moments like that one in the car, I have to cling to the truth that I have a soul and it was made for more than commuting to and from work. When it is all said and done here on earth I will step into something much better. Heaven is my home, and so yes my life is incredibly short, and I must never forget that, but more importantly as a follower of Jesus the best is yet to come.