No Place Like Home: Day Three
time flies but you’ll be okay
By Elizabeth Cravillion
READ: Psalm 90:3-6, Ecclesiastes 3:11-14, Hebrews 13:8
It’s 2015, ten days after my sweet baby Eddie Jack was born. I’m driving with my children 11 hours home to say goodbye to my grandma. I’m a mess of hormones and anxiety and the night drags on as the asphalt rolls under our tires.
A week later, after introducing Grandma to the little boy named after her daddy, I wrestle with Psalm 90 over God holding our lives in His hand. “You end their lives; they sleep. They are like grass that grows in the morning—in the morning it sprouts and grows; by evening it withers and dries up” (verse 6). I wasn’t ready for my praying grandma to leave. Her death made me feel vulnerable, like the reinforcements in our spiritual battle line had fallen.
My grandma made God her dwelling place. She and my grandpa raised seven children, moving from state to state, from city to country, job to job. Her life was transient but her faith was steadfast. God was her true home. So she made us feel at home, too.
“I can’t believe how fast time flies!” we say to each other. Our children grow out of their tennis shoes and into their personalities. We wonder how many more Christmases we’ll share with our parents. It goes by so quickly.
We should feel this way. God created us for eternity. Psalm 90:4 says, “For in your sight a thousand years are like yesterday that passes by, like a few hours of the night.” God exists outside of time, and He gave us eternal souls.
Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 3:11 and 14, “He has also put eternity in their hearts… I know that everything God does will last forever; there is no adding to it or taking from it. God works so that people will be in awe of Him.”
God created us for so much more than this short life. As moms, it’s easy to be swept up by washing the bottles, the floors, and the soccer cleats, without realizing that God is shaping our hearts for eternity while the water swishes around our hands.
So next time we groan at how quickly time passes, let’s turn our hearts to God. No matter how life changes, He never does. We can cry as we tuck away the newborn clothes or hug the graduate, but we find our peace in Christ. He controls everything we cannot.
He is our forever home.
Scripture to Meditate:
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
Do you ever wish you could slow down time?
How does knowing that God never changes bring you comfort in the changes of life?
Is God your home? How can that peace affect how you parent your children today?
Lord, I admit I can’t control how fast my children grow, or when I’ll lose people I love. It’s all in Your hands. I trust You today. I leave my precious ones in Your hands. You never change. I am safe in You. Amen.