So, Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The years of my living abroad are 130; few and unpleasant have been the years of my life, nor have they attained the years that my fathers lived during the days of their living abroad.” – Genesis 47:9
Today, if a person lives beyond 100 years, we will find some way to honor them. It is an amazing achievement that, with the advances of modern science, seems more and more attainable. At the same time, I can only remember one personal meeting with an octogenarian. She was present for my first sermon. Yes, a brave woman and no, I did not hurry her demise!
When Jacob went down to Egypt to escape the famine (and reunite with his son, Joseph), the pharaoh wished to meet him in person. When they were introduced by Joseph, the Egyptian leader marveled at Jacob’s advanced years. Remarkably, Jacob considered his life a short one. We may only guess at the reason, but perhaps it was because a portion of it had not been lived for God’s glory.
The American humorist, Mark Twain, once said, “Life is short. Break the rules. Forgive quickly. Kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that makes you smile.” God numbers our days and no matter how long we live, in the end, it will be short when compared to eternity. You see, it isn’t the length of a life that makes it great, but rather the depth. The deeper we go with Christ, the greater the journey will be.
I have to disagree with Twain on one point. Never regret anything that makes God smile!
Life is too deep for words, so don’t try to describe it, just live it. – C. S. Lewis