“For who knows what is good for mortals while they live the few days of their vain life, which they pass like a shadow? For who can tell them what will be after them under the sun?” Ecclesiastes 6:12 (NRSV)
The older I become the more life seems to be flying by. I tried to slow it down by breaking my routine, but that only left me disorganized. I keep a journal so I can re-live events and accurately remember them, but the days still zoom past. I start off each week fresh from my experience of worship and fellowship on Sunday. Then I have my regular morning breakfast meetings, a few other meetings, Friday Date Night with my wife. The next thing I know maybe two weeks have passed. The activities I was anticipating or dreading are well down the river of time with all feelings I had about them gone as well.
Solomon is right. My life is but a few days which pass like a shadow. A shadow has no real substance and moves as fast as the object it is shadowing. An airplane’s shadow can pass overhead and be gone in mere seconds.
Fortunately I know what is good for me during my fleeting life…following God’s path. I first traveled a strange road to a cross with Him, and now as I face dark places like a tear in a relationship, I remember that where there is a shadow, there is also a light.