“And Job died, an old man, and full of days.”
I want to live recognizing the fullness of my days. However many there are before my Lord takes me home. Because there is life within them. Abundant life that is promised (John 10:10), and fullness of joy if I will abide in Christ and His love (John 15:11).
Some days can seem monotonous and mundane. Some appear to drag on. Some days it feels like everything takes too long and I can’t get caught up to where I want to be. I can so easily get tunnel-vision and end up overwhelmed or discouraged or weary as I walk through my day – or as I look to the future and see a pattern that is less than satisfying.
But that is not the perspective our God came to give us.
My days are to be filled with light – the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6), light brilliant and unfading.
There is fullness in my days because there is purpose within each of them. Because God is in each of them.
Each day brings new mercies, if I will open my eyes to see and my ears to hear.
Each day inspires a new song in my heart, if I will pay attention to what my Lord is doing and be further transformed as I behold His glory.
Perhaps this all sounds idealistic. After all, we each have days of unspeakable pain and unrelenting darkness. Days where we feel lost, where chaos seems to surround us, where we struggle to even get a hold of how we feel or what we think or what in the world we should do.
But even here, in these moments, God is with us. Surrounding us in immovable strength, as the mountains surround Jerusalem (Psalm 125:2). Closer than a breath, dwelling between our shoulders (Deuteronomy 33:12). If we will pour out our heart instead of shutting Him out, He will be a refuge for us (Psalm 62:8).
He will meet you in your pain and convey soft, sweet comfort. You will experience His deep compassion and You will find Him faithful. Faithful to never leave you, to never condemn, to never misunderstand or deceive. Faithful to stay, to love, to heal and restore. He will lighten your darkness, even if little by little, and you will know you are not alone.
And you just may discover that those days, the hardest ones, are the fullest you’ve known. Because they were filled with the intentional, precious nearness of your God who draws particularly close to the brokenhearted (Psalm 147:3).
So let us not waste a day. However it appears to our eyes, wherever we are on our journey, this day has been written for us (Psalm 139:16). A necessary detail of our story. It is a day purposed for our increasing joy, a day in which we can experience further evidence of God’s faithfulness and see more clearly His great glory. It is a day that gets us closer to Christ, our hope and the delight of our hearts. It is a day when we can know Him more and know the fullness of His incomprehensible, unchanging love for us.
“The righteous flourish like the palm tree
and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
They are planted in the house of the LORD;
they flourish in the courts of our God.
They still bear fruit in old age;
they are ever full of sap and green,
to declare that the LORD is upright;
He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.”
“Lord, You have been our dwelling place
in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever You had formed the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting You are God…
So teach us to number our days
that we may get a heart of wisdom…
Satisfy us in the morning with Your steadfast love,
that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Make us glad for as many days as You have afflicted us,
and for as many years as we have seen evil,
Let Your work be shown to Your servants,
and Your glorious power to their children.
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
and establish the work of our hands upon us;
yes, establish the work of our hands!”
Psalm 90:1-2, 12-17