Apr 26, 2011

The Days are Long but the Years are Short

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God." Philippians 4;6

Phew.... just trying to catch my breath. The weekend was a joy .... and an exhaustion. 
Teens and college age, at all hours of the night it seemed. I remember hearing my piano being played around 1:30 am. I knew it wasn't one of my own. That only happened when forced upon them like a cold green vegetable, when they wanted only m&m's for dinner..... "No mom, please don't make me practice!" 

What joyous noise... that of young adults. Tired as I was, it was not lost on me that my days are numbered when I will dream of sleep and instead hear laughter and joy of these beautiful people, whom I love. These people who have grown up together, laughed, loved and share this road of unknowns... yet trusting in the One who loves them, even more than we can. The One with the perfect plan.... for each one of them.

The days are long but the years are short. What wise one said that?
Our days are numbered, no matter if we celebrate 8 or 87 today.

When we have little ones, we are exhausted from the repetition it requires to grow these sweet things into wise ones. Sweet children, that if we pay attention, we see the hand of God, ordaining their days.

The gifts, personalities and beauty He instills in each one. Some of it tucked away for the moment they will fly. Like the song... they were born to fly and through their mamas and daddies they are given wings. Wings that will send them into the world, but not alone. He lives in them, through His spirit that we are blessed with when we receive Him. Come Holy Spirit, come.

The days are long but the years are short.
Some little ones will stay by their parents sides, bringing a joy unknown to many of us... and also  concerns we will never quite understand.
These days can be long and exhausting to parents and the years can become a worry.
Come Holy Spirit come, fill these parents with your peace.

"Teach us to number our days, that we might receive a heart of wisdom"
Psalm 90:12

Lord, let us remember each day is a gift from you. Let us look to you each morning, seeking direction. Where do you need me today Lord? What do you want to teach me and where do I need to change my ways? What is today about.... surely more than me!

Let us look to the One who ordains our day and thank Him for this day.

The days may be long and the years short, but if they begin and end with Him...... then no worries!
Let the piano be played with passion, the laughter be loud and hearty and let us all rejoice in the blessing of today.

No matter 8 or 87


  1. I totally resonated with this post. I stayed up so late with Molly and friends this past Easter week. She was home for almost a week. But I loooved every minute of it!!! We, too, have a piano of which none of our kids will play. So it's almost "supernatural" when it does play!! I also remember begging for SEVEN YEARS to quit piano back in the day. Haha! Some kids like me can learn piano but it's really not our "gift." Well, thanks for sharing this special post!!! Love, joy and peace, Dana

  2. I love this, and can relate so much. That little saying "The days are long, but the years are short" was the tagline for my blog for years. I try to live my life knowing that we are only given a vapor. So glad that I stumbled across your lovely blog.


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