Life is fleeting. 90 years or 48 hours, does it matter?
We are encouraged to number our days, so that we could make best use of the time we have. This pandemic has brought that home to many.
Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.Psalm 90:!2
Artwork Johnny McDaniels
I thought about the very common Mayfly today – Ephemera Danica – an answer to a thought that harassed me on my jog this morning. I was feeling like I was stuck in the muck of my daily grind. Was I making the best use of the time I have been given? It could end today or tomorrow, and what impact would I have made?
Ephemera Danica: the tiny animal, less that an inch in length, may take a year or more dwelling at the bottom of a riverbed as larvae, shedding its skin multiple times. But once it is ready, it will surface, take flight, and accomplish its purpose within 48 hours then die. The shortest lifespan of any animal.
Maybe I am not stuck in the muck. Maybe I am just being prepared for my time to shine. Allow the process of growth and maturity the time it needs. Apply yourself to wisdom, learn, grow, prepare yourself for when it is your time to take flight. It may be the briefest of opportunities, but if you are prepared, you will leave the greatest impact.
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