Groundhogs’ Day. February 2nd. That’s my birthday! Now, I think that Groundhogs’ Day ought to be declared a national holiday. This furry creature comes out of its comfortable underground home to prognosticate about the next six weeks of weather — Surely that deserves to be honored as a national holiday!
But it’s also my birthday. My 70th birthday. And as it approaches, I want to think about a couple of issues before it is “here.” Seventy years of age. “Three score and ten.” The Bible actually talks about our lifespan in Psalms 90:
The days of our years are threescore years and ten;
and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years,
yet is their strength labor and sorrow;
for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
What I want to do in the next seven posts is tackle the issue of turning 70. Each post will begin with the next letter of the word SEVENTY!
So today’s post is the letter “S.” “S” stands for SURVIVAL! God has kept me alive for threescore and ten years. I’ve gone through heart surgery, by God’s grace, successfully. I had a tumor on one of my kidneys years ago that was a 90% death sentence IF it had been cancerous. Praise God, it wasn’t!
I’ve survived crazy drivers in New Jersey and Indianapolis wanna bees in South Carolina! I’m a SURVIVOR!
Now, no one should take their daily survival for granted. In God’s providential care, He has preserved my life. Seventy years equals 25,550 Days. 70 years = 613608 hours. And minutes? 70 years = 36816480 minutes! That’s thirty-six million, eight hundred and sixteen thousand, four hundred and eighty minutes!
Psalm 90 says,
9 All our days pass away under your wrath;
we finish our years with a moan.
10 Our days may come to seventy years,
or eighty, if our strength endures;
yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow,
for they quickly pass, and we fly away.
11 If only we knew the power of your anger!
Your wrath is as great as the fear that is your due.
12 Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Join me in my prayer today? “Lord of time, thank You for the years that You have given us. Help us to be faithful in how we spend our minutes and hours. Give us grace to face the troubles and sorrows that life hurls at us. And give us a heart of wisdom in serving You with joy! In Jesus’ name. Amen.”