NINE HUNDRED YEARS OLD!
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 6:3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal; his days will be a hundred and twenty years. (NI)
REFLECTION: I’m awed with the longevity of Old Testament life spans. What a great deal they could accomplish with that life expectancy!
Then I reflect on the question What would I do with those many years?
Certainly I could have a larger family. I could raise several families in that time..
Eight-hundred and eighty anniversaries with the same man? What a wild thought! Maybe we would have time to get it right! Yet, evidence from our day’s limited increase in life expectancy proves different. It shows there is just more time for repeated divorce and remarriage rather than time for moving on to perfection. However, three score and seven doesn’t seem enough time to perfect the marital relationship.
I would have time to develop the six different careers I’ve dabbled in through the years: lab technology, occupational therapy, counselor, craftsperson, writer, photographer—I could relax and take my time improving my skills in each of those areas. In my limited life span I feel I am only beginning to develop expertise in these areas.
Faith development would evolve through more stages. Forward movement in spiritual growth would take me into depths beyond what is possible now.
We are told wisdom comes with age. How much wiser would we be with all those extra years? Now we die too soon now to take advantage of our wisdom.
Nine centuries. Cut by God down to one hundred twenty years. Today, three-score and ten (wellll…seventy is reputed to be the new 50). A drastic cut for mankind. Irrelevant for God, to whom these years are a blink of his eye.
I wonder what it would be like…..don’t you?
PRAYER: Lord, allow me to live the life span you have given me in the best manner possible. Allow me to be a productive citizen up to the end—offering relationship to those who need it. Please guide me in the path that is best suited for me to serve you. Amen