"My life is no longer than the width of my hand. An entire lifetime is just a moment to You; human existence is but a breath. We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth for someone else to spend. And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in You." (Psalm 39:5-7 NLT)
I read this verse today on my pastor's blog. What a timely verse. What wise words David wrote all those many years ago. Truth does not change with the ages. Watching my Father in Law wither away shows me the truth in these verses. Human existence really is but a breath. We really are moving shadows, busily rushing about, our work ending in nothing...UNLESS we hope in the Lord. What an amazing thing. I can't help but think, as I have been sitting by Phil's side these last few weeks, that those who are treating him; the nurses, the tech's, the doctors, they see a deterorating, dying body, but God sees his child, his servant. Because Phil put his hope in the Lord so many years ago, giving his life into the Lord's hands to do with as the Lord willed, he is so much more than a dying man. He has created a legacy because of that Hope in the Lord. He has created a heritage of Christ folowers in his own family, children and grandchildren who love the Lord. He has translated Gods word into several languages so that peopel he has never, and will never meet, can know that Hope.
His 'busy rushings' will most definitely not end in nothing. Because his hope was in the Lord, he lived a life that pointed others to Christ with almost everything he did. And very soon, he will be privdliged to hear those words we all so long for..."Well done, good and faithfull servant."