I don’t know what I’m on the precipice of, but I feel like I’m there. Hanging over the edge of something.
You see, this weekend I head off to celebrate my great-aunt’s 100th birthday. She’s an amazing lady who has seen so much in her 100 years. My grandmother, her sister, passed away at the age of 66 when I was a child, so I appreciate having this older generation to celebrate.
But then, I just got news that my best friend, who has stage IV breast cancer, is entering the final weeks and months of her life. She’s been fighting for over three years and is only 38 years old. That she won’t live to turn 39 – barring a complete miracle I truly believe CAN happen – is mind boggling and heart shattering.
Not that my aunt doesn’t deserve to turn 100, but why must my friend’s life be cut so short? I have begged God to heal her or give her more time. But it seems His answer is that she has been granted more time than she should have and time is almost up.
Life is so precious, y’all. It’s so fragile. It’s the most priceless thing we have – life. Time. It’s never enough.
Ecclesiastes 3 NIV
1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: 2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, 5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, 6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, 7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, 8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. 9 What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him. 15 Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account.