Fence Post of Faith April/May 2011

I was reading Renea’s post on Facebook that she is ready for a “VACATION SOON” and can’t wait to see her family and just be at her own home. She has had a busy April, Lufkin Texas, Lincoln Neb. Sterling IL. So she deserves a vacation until she comes to Mason City Iowa, May 20-22.

It’s kind of funny how we live by clocks, calendars and schedules. Time to get up, Time to go to lunch, Time for another barrel bash, Time for bed, and marking off the days until school’s out.
I read a passage from Psalms 90: 12-17 which would be nice if you would get out your bible and read the passage also.   Anyway the psalmist thinks in broader perspective about God’s time, where a thousand years is like a day. We may live for 70 or 80 years, but they quickly pass and we fly away.  In that context the psalmist prays, “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalms 90:12). Often we don’t number our days, we let them drift along. We tell ourselves that there is always tomorrow. Then we realize that time is slipping by, and we have failed to number our days.

Often we try to control our days, we make rigid plans. We try to control our future through discipline, and the careful accumulation of wealth. Then we learn that many things are beyond our control. Sickness comes, business problems intrude, and death comes to close to family members and threatens us. Uneasy, we are afraid.

But God cares. The psalmist writes, “Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days” (Psalms 90:14). God numbers our days out of love. He sent His Son to live for us. Jesus carefully numbered His days in obedience to the Father. He died for us and rose again. He forgives our slipshod living and our feeble efforts at controlling time. He teaches us to look to His mercy. Each day, then, offers a fresh opportunity to live for him, making the most of the time until eternity beckons. Clocks and calendars remain so we may number our days by God’s gracious time.

We love this way of life, barrel races, rodeos, roping’s, and it a life we share with family and friends, and yes it a life of choices just remember this: The task ahead of you is never as great as the Power behind you. “Be strong in the lord and in his mighty Power” Ephesians 6:10

Adios my friends Jeff Metcalf