A Wise Heart

Jessica Bratt Carle

Read: Psalm 90

Teach us to number our days. (v. 12)

The psalmist depicts a stark contrast between the everlasting nature of God’s presence and the swift passage of human life. If anything sends us the message, “your days are numbered,” it is the realization that life can change in an instant, that the end of our lives or of those we love can come upon us in startling ways. Like the psalmist, we may entreat God to prosper the work of our hands, hoping that what we have accomplished in our lifetimes will be a legacy for those who come after us. For those who live with chronic or terminal illness, each day may bring new challenges and new insights into what it means to live out our days in grace and trust.

Gaining a wise heart can often come at great cost. But knowing that our lifetimes are in God’s hands can offer us new freedom instead of fear, no matter our age or state of health. A mind-set in which we number our days leads us to regard our days as gifts, rather than taking them for granted. Entrusting our lifetimes to God allows us to see the abundance of what our lives contain, even in moments where the remainder of our time on earth may seem scarce. None of us knows what tomorrow will bring, but we can measure today in the light of God’s mysterious gift of life, seeking the wisdom that equips us to face with courage whatever tomorrow brings.

—Jessica Bratt Carle

Prayer: Grant us wisdom to live out our days with hope and purpose.