The date three weeks ago was was July 8, 2009…or 07-08-09. Many outlets, such as the “TODAY Show” and internet news outlets, highlighted the whimsy of such moments during the day as 12:34.56 pm (123456789), 10:11 am (7891011), 4:56 pm (456789). The phrase that inevitably followed each of these occurrences was, “This is the only time this will ever happen.” Indeed, those moments were notable and worthy of recognizing in the “useless information” department. But do we realize every moment only happens once in history? The moment I am typing this, 4:38 pm on 07/26/09 (thanks to WordPress scheduler), will never occur again. The moment you are reading this will never occur again.
Our God has not created this world and our lives with unlimited hours, minutes, and seconds. We must remember to use every moment in this life to prepare ourselves and others for the life after this one, when time will cease.
For we are strangers before you and sojourners, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding. 1 Chronicles 29:15
My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle and come to their end without hope. “Remember that my life is a breath; my eye will never again see good. Job 7:6-7
My days are swifter than a runner; they flee away; they see no good. They go by like skiffs of reed, like an eagle swooping on the prey. Job 9:25-26
O LORD, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am! 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! Psalm 39:4-5