“The length of our days is seventy years—or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.” Psalm 90:10Psalm 90:1-12
The average lifespan is about 75 years, or 28,000 days. Does that sound like a staggering number to you? It may seem long indeed if you are a mom of little ones trying to keep everything together at home, or if you are in the midst of illness that has you confined to a hospital bed. 28,000 days sounds long when your job is tedious and boring, when there is no end in sight to your long years of education, when the decades of a terrible marriage show no change, or when you are tired and unmotivated.
Yet like Job, we look back on our years and see that the days fly by quickly, “swifter than a weaver’s shuttle” (7:6). I had the occasion to stand on a river bank in Thailand years ago watching the weavers of fine Thai silk throw their shuttles back and forth in astonishing speed. Suddenly, the beautiful pattern emerged in the fabric.
As the days of our lives pass by—often without a feeling of hope—realize that the Lord’s goodness and love are weaving a pattern into your life that you may not be able to see just yet. I can assure you that in the end it will be beautiful.
“My life is but a weaving/ Between my God and me./ I cannot choose the colors/ He weaveth steadily.” (attributed to Corrie ten Boom)