A year before his death in 1991, the popular American author Theodore Seuss Geisel penned the following poem:
How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness, how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?
Dr Seuss, aged 86, was reflecting on his life. And in his simple, rhythmic style, he expressed what many writers have throughout the ages—that life is fleeting.
The bible too has many reminders that our time on earth is limited; like a shadow. One of the best known of such passages was written by the prophet Isaiah, roughly 700 BC. He said: “The grass withers, the flowers fade when the breath of the Lord blows on them; indeed the people are grass. The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever” (Is 40:7-8).
Many of us go through life without ever thinking about God or where we stand before Him. The bible depicts God, however, as a loving father who is longing for us to turn to Him.
- This article was published in the Orange City Life newspaper on 09/02/2017