I remember several years ago, my preacher did a sermon on the verse:
“Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” –James 4:14
The preacher said he had contemplated this verse while turning on a humidifier in his sick child’s bedroom. As it began releasing steam, he watched. And he counted. It seems a vapor lasted approximately 36 seconds before it disappeared.
He went on to compare this 36 seconds of time to our lives in the realm of eternity. Our lives are only a mere vapor in the grand scheme of things.
If that is the case, then we certainly need to remember that anything we have or want on Earth is not important. Nothing is everlasting, except for life in Heaven.
So, in reflection on yesterday’s post where I said, “It is so hard to make those decisions on if we should do something to make us happy now, or if ultimately having a child is going to make up for all of that,” I now have some perspective.
I have to remind myself from time to time that it isn’t about what is making us happy now; that having THINGS is not what we ultimately need to focus on. The privilege of even having a life here on Earth to worship our Creator and the ability to love others should be enough. Happiness is something that God will provide, no matter the circumstances.
My husband and I may never be able to re-floor our house. We might never be able to knock down that half wall. We might never even be able to have a child. But it is in God’s ultimate plan that we have eternal life and we should choose to live this vapor in service to Him and not be concerned with worldly things.
These 36 seconds are a privilege. We should be thankful.