The Sand of Time

Like sands through an hourglass, so are the days of our lives – no this isn’t a soap opera; this is the certainty of life and death.

One Word –

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12

Daily Bible Reading: Numbers 14, 15; Psalm 90; Mark 16

Big Idea –

Today I am mindful of the brevity of life. March 23, 1940 was the day my dad was born; he would have been 77 years old today – but the proverbial sands within his hourglass ran out after 72 years on September 26, 2012.

I remember the day He died thinking something to the effect, “Now my clock is ticking down to zero.” While longevity runs on my mom’s side of the family dad’s death caused me to be aware of the certainty of my death. Psalm 90 tells us The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty (v. 10); dad was given 2 1/2 years of ‘bonus time.’ Will the LORD give me strength to reach eighty, or like my grandmother surpass ninety?

Regardless of how much more sand remains in my hourglass, one thing is certain. More sand has passed through the glass than what remains for the days ahead. As the David said, “Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath!” (Ps. 39:5)

We may not like to think about the certainty of our own death, but Moses tells us that when we allow the LORD to help us discern the number of our days we may gain, ” a heart of wisdom.” With fifty-five years under my belt I confess there is still too much of my time that is wasted, moments lost that can never return. My prayer today is that the LORD helps me to make the most of each day He has given me – whether it be until the day I die, or until the Day Jesus returns to take us home.

Either way the sands are running out of my hourglass.

Exemplify –

Time is a precious gift – the present is all I have, so may I live today with a heart of wisdom to make the most of every opportunity.

Yes to Yield –

LORD Jesus, thank You for my day; he passed on to me a heritage of faith. Not only was he an example of how to live, but in the end he showed us how to die, unafraid and confident of Your presence. Holy Spirit give me a heart of wisdom today and everyday so that within the sands of time making up my life there may be found gold silver and precious jewels representing those things I have done for You. These alone have eternal value, a fitting gift to lay at Your feet for all You have given to me.


While this post is back dated to March 14, it was actually written on the 23rd – happy almost birthday dad. “It is Well with My Soul”

If you’re new to Living It Now, you can find an explanation of the O-B-E-Y journal on the Hearing and Doing page, or the sample post Guard Duty.

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