As I mentioned earlier in the week, a tragic accident happened to a 19 year old friend. His funeral was this weekend & while funerals are never easy, it just never seems right to have a young man lying in a casket. Something just seems wrong about that whole picture.
This young man's former youth minister came back to deliver the message at the funeral & his words were so comforting, yet so full of the truth of the Gospel. What really hit me was the verse from James 4:14
"Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while & then vanishes."
A mist.....appears a little while.....vanishes
It really hit me about this verse because every morning when I come into work, I have to cross the bridge that connects Indiana to Kentucky - which right in the middle is the mighty Ohio River. Just the other day, I thought how funny it was because coming down the hill in Indiana - the sun was shining & it was a perfectly clear day.
Crossing the bridge, over the water, was a huge mist - almost a like a fog or a cloud - & you couldnt even see off the sides of the bridge into the water. The whole side of Louisville, even traveling into the downtown area was full of the mist that came off of the water. Slowly, but surely, the sun broke through the clouds & little by little, you could see clearing all around again.
But how soon the mist fades - it never sticks around for the whole day - its only for a short time - its when the sun strikes it & warms it up & then it just fades away. Its never around long.
I thought it was interesting to note too that "mist" meant a few different things in this text - shadow - cloud - breath!
Job 7:7 Remember, O God, that my life is but a breath....
We don't know how long we are here on this earth. Its only for a moment - no matter what age you are! I've seen & experienced death at every age, & its NEVER easy - we just need to be prepared with our own lives to know that our time here is also just like a mist......don't waste any time getting to know the Lord! Like James says - you dont know what's going to happen tomorrow! Make sure when your mist ends, you are ready to start your eternal life with the Lord!