One aspect of this grace? It has me thinking about the brevity of life. The desire to consider my mortality has grown, so that I might live wisely (Psalm 90:12). You know...it is so easy to stroll sleepily through this existence, forgetting its fleeting nature, attached to the wrong things, thinking we have all the time in [this] world.
This morning, preaching my Aunt Rea's funeral, I quoted C.S. Lewis about how death may shake us out of our slumber:
My own experience is something like this. I am progressing along the path of life in my ordinary contentedly fallen and godless condition, absorbed in a merry meeting with my friends...or a bit of work that tickles my vanity...., when suddenly a ...headline in the newspapers that threatens us all with destruction, [or the shocking death of a family member or friend], sends this whole pack of cards tumbling down.
At first I am overwhelmed, and all my little happinesses look like broken toys. Then, slowly and reluctantly...I try to bring myself into the frame of mind that I should be in at all times.
I remind myself that all these toys were never intended to possess my heart, that...my only real treasure is Christ.
Beloved, embrace the event that sends the house of cards tumbling down, if it awakens you to the reality that your only real treasure is Jesus.