On Borrowed Time
Taken in west-central Missouri, the image of this old barn is a reminder of the finite lifespan of all things created, and even the frailty of human life. The Psalmist asked, “Lord make me to know my end, and what is the measure of my days, that I may know how frail I am” Psalms 39:4. His intent was not so much to find out how and when he would die, but rather he was asking for the wisdom and grace to consider his impending demise. His goal? Most likely to make sure he has made appropriate preparations for eternal life. Several chapters later, he asks, “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” Psalms 90:12. Again, he is seeking help to consider the shortness of life, and the fact that there is no escaping death, so that we can devote our days to the true wisdom, which for us is the salvation available through Christ Jesus.