We have been encouraged to number our days by the man of God Moses (Psalm 90). There are two things to keep in tension as we engage a consideration of numbering our days.
First, we are reminded that even our tears do not escape God’s notice. He sees and identifies with our pain and extends His right hand of favor to those who call upon His Name. Even when we feel alone and most isolated we can count on God not losing track of our souls.
“You have taken account of my wanderings; put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book?” – Psalm 56:8
Next, we are reminded that we do not live our lives unnoticed by our Creator. He is a Rock to those who call upon His name.
“For who is God, but the LORD? and who is a rock, except our God, the God who girds me with strength and makes my way blameless? He makes my feet sure like a deer, and sets me upon my high places. He trains my hands for battle, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You have also given me the shield of Your salvation, and Your right hand upholds me; and Your gentleness makes me great. You have planted me firmly, and my feet have not slipped.” – Psalm 18:31-36
These two realities help to frame reflections upon our own personal gift of days. We are special. We are noticed. Our lives – our souls matter to God. As we sort out some of the gifts and challenges of the days we have been given as a gift, we can take heart that we are not living lives of “quiet desperation” or futility.
A few years ago I wrote a book entitled, Curious Journey, Your Story Matters. Here are the first few pages talking about the gifts and challenges of our days.
Here is a deeper consideration of these gifts and challenges.
Here is an insightful Gift of Days Song