I have a certain affinity for October. We are in the midst of my birthday month after all, where I get a jump start reflecting on the past year of my life. I like to think my birthday is also the beginning of the holiday season, because a month later is Thanksgiving and Christmas a month after that, with the New Year tagging on at the end. If you would like to add the official Hannah celebration of birth day, just pen it in on the 22nd to kick off the joviality.
In all seriousness though, with the changing weather the chilly winds begin to cut through my now not-so-warm cardigans, I think how has time gone so fast? Wasn't it just last week that I was wearing winter coats? Wasn't it yesterday I turned 25? Phew. That's why I love a pre-New Year (and well...pre-holiday time in general) moment of reflection. Time certainly seems to speed up this time of year. As mentioned in my previous post, I have been reading through Psalms lately. A certain part of Psalm 39 stuck out to me in this birthday season, thinking on the shortness of life.
4 “Show me, Lord, my life’s end
and the number of my days;
let me know how fleeting my life is.
5 You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
the span of my years is as nothing before you.
Everyone is but a breath,
even those who seem secure.
6 “Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom;
in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth
without knowing whose it will finally be.
7 “But now, Lord, what do I look for?
My hope is in you....
11c surely everyone is but a breath.
Surely there will be future Octobers, more chilly winds to endure, and joy filled holiday seasons, but I am not promised the days to experience them. In my fleeting days I live gratefully in the knowledge that God knows their number, and in the words of the Psalmist I say: My hope is in you.