Roller Coaster Rides

Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is: that I may know how frail I am. (Psalm 39:4) 
When I was young, summer vacations took a small eternity. Granted, as soon as I saw a hint of a “Back to School” sale, I remember being quick to complain that life wasn’t fair and summer was far too short. But even I got a little excited about getting back to the “grind” that was Elementary School. 
These days it seems a season can come and go without my even recognizing it. “Winter already?” “This jacket is brand new! I bought it in 2014.” 
Has time gotten… faster? If life were a roller coaster, it’s as if the early part of our lives was the slow crawl to the very top — full of anticipation and nerves and excitement  — and then we got careers and kids and dogs and iPhones and we were careening through the ride faster than we could handle! 
Sometimes, through all the noise, we are reminded of our short time here. 
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. (James 4:14) 
It is good to remember the brevity of our lives. “Teach us to number our days,” says the Psalmist, “that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12) Ours is the experience of someone made for eternity, but living in a fallen world. And we have such hope.
Death is not the end. Death is not the end! 
Our great hope as a Christian and the central event of history is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 
And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. (1 Corinthians 15:17-20) 
And now, as a Christian, the One who defeated the grave has also taken residence in our hearts, and we have victory over death, too. Claim it! 
A life without hope is a life without God. 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 
Today’s Reading is Isaiah 29:13