Sunday, March 25, 2007

Sunday .... Thoughts on Our Age

We wrote about a church small group Bible class we have taken and facilitated (see post of August 26, 2006). We believe in the Bible and the study material is a great way to read about something very modern - how to handle your finances and possessions per God's Way.

So as I ponder about the longer wait for Lizzy, I went back to some Bible verses about Eternity. Hang in there with me on this....

Psalms 90 Verses 10 & 12 (reading all of "90" is a good thing).
Moses is writing about time in the desert... 40 years.

The days of our lives are 70 years and if by reason of strength they are 80 years...
So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

I have lived 17,864 days. If I live to age 80, I will have 11,336 days remaining.
Based on our expected referral date, I estimated another 234 days until our "Gottcha" day with Lizzy. These are days I do not have with her, many days past our original expected date of having our new daughter. Doesn't seem like very many when put in perspective of my remaining 11,336 days. Eeeeekks!!
Here's an easy way to check your math and reflect on weeks, hours, minutes......

Duration calculation results at Calculate Durations Between Dates.
From: Saturday, March 24, 2007. To, but not including : Wednesday, April 14, 2038
It is 11,344 days from the start date to the end date, Or 31 years, 21 days excluding the end date.
11,344 days can be converted to one of these units:
980,121,600 seconds
16,335,360 minutes
272,256 hours
1620 weeks

Why did Moses want us to count our days? The days pass by quickly. We are not on this earth forever. Whether you are Christian or not, we can agree with that idea. Knowing the days that have passed in relationship to how many remain, how can this impact the way you think about retirement, traveling and spiritual learning? Our relationship with God and preparation for eternal life with God is what we are to do while on this earth. We are to follow His commandments.... as our judgement day will come.

If you are interested in more about flourishing in old age; a meaningful and satisfying life in later years, read Psalms 71. Your life is not necessarily what you see happening from your actions; many times you do not know when someone was inspired by you or the outcome of your kindness.
It is not all about finances, it is also about investing in your children, grandchildren and others you care and love for.
Continuing to grow in our giving and teaching others of these principles is our passion.
We hope to have many meaningful and joyous days with Alyzabeth An.
We love you Lizzy!

"Take care of your body as if you will live forever; take care of your soul as if you will die tomorrow."


redmaryjanes said...

Wonderful post and it puts things in perspective. I choose to believe that God has put us line to meet up with our daughter who He has already chosen for us. I am waiting for the one child, not just any random child. So, I am ready to wait and trust in God. I'm not saying it's easy, but I have learned to trust God through many hard times and He has always pulled me through.

bbmomof2boys said...

God is good!! I have been very down about the time extending out to 2 years. Dh and I have been talking and I was thinking about pulling our dossier all together. I felt that God was saying that this wasn't the path for us. Then on Sunday our pastor talked about how we all should read Proverbs - one every day for the month. He chose one and read a verse. It was Proverbs 25:25 - "As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country". Wow - dh and I just looked at each and our jaws dropped. God knew I needed encouragement!!! He reminded me that we will hold our daughter - but in HIS time, not ours.

Thanks for sharing another encouraging verse. We were also getting concerned about our ages!


Lee-Anne said...

Great post!!! I prefer to live each day as it comes. My sister-in-law was taken from us tragically in Feb... she was only 42. I don't think your age has that much to do with being a good parent. If anything, it's more beneficial to your child to have a bit more "experience" under your belt!
I know that each day you have with Lizzy will be a priceless one, no matter how many there are.

Dawn, Brian & Guinness said...

What a wonderful post! I will try to live each day to it's fullest and appreciate all of the beauty the world has to offer.

~Dawn :)

Terri @ In His Hands said...

I love this post!

The hardest part of the wait is when I think of the days I missed but I trust that God has her in His hand.