The years of our lives

A year is a God-given division of time. He made the heavenly lights to mark days, seasons, and years. So people — recognizing God’s sovereignty or not — make plans for a year, such as traveling, doing business, and making money, James 4.13.

As people age, it seems that “the years that lie ahead are few” Job 16.22. Even though we may reach the ripe old age of 80, “the years of our lives pass quickly, like a sigh” Psalm 90.9-10. But Solomon said it doesn’t matter if you lived a thousand years twice, death is still coming for you, Ecclesiastes 6.1-9. Maybe how you live, and what you live for, is what really matters, yes?

The Bible has a recipe for adding years to one’s life: wisdom, Proverbs 4.10; 9.11, and obedience to parents, Deuteronomy 5.16; Ephesians 6.1-3. Diet and exercise are good, but God’s plan for longevity is better. Remember that Hezekiah got 15 years added to his life, but it didn’t turn out so well for him, Isaiah 38.5. Continue reading “The years of our lives”

A new year

Happy New Year!

Today is New Year’s Day. After the celebrations of ‘Hogmanay’ yesterday evening (Scottish for ‘New Year’s Eve’), when friends and family get together, ending with the bells at midnight (although in reality these days it is usually fireworks), with parties continuing long into the night. Some “first footing” still occurs (to be the first foot in a house after midnight) but Scots will continue to greet people with “Happy New Year!” and a hug throughout this coming week. Continue reading “A new year”

Move it around

January is a great time for planning the year’s garden. On paper, it’s a challenge to put my latest plant acquisitions in the most optimum place. Alongside my back porch, there is a little collection of pots with plants that need to be planted once the weather thaws out.

It is said that you are not a “real” gardener until you’ve moved a plant three times. That must mean I am really real! It’s not so much that I change my mind, although that does happen quite frequently. But some plants grow too large for their location, or they simply don’t do well in the spot I’ve chosen for them.

And so they move. And move. And move again! Continue reading “Move it around”