Psalm 119: 57-58: “You are my portion, Lord; I have promised to obey your words. I have sought your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise.”

Psalm 119 is a remarkable piece of poetry! Divided into 22 subsections, each one begins with one of the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The Heth-section of the Hebrew alphabet starts out with a profound statement (Psalm 119:57):

“You are my portion, Lord;”

I find it interesting that the Lord is our portion and not the Earth that He gave us to inhabit. This is further expressed as we continue reading this particular paragraph (Psalm 119:64):

O Lord, your unfailing love fills the earth; teach me your decrees.”

The material world surrounding us is filled with God’s unfailing love, so when we seek His face we really do not have to go very far. We can see His love everywhere. Before Sunrise I love to go on a short bike ride to a local lake and watch the Sun rise as the ducks wake up and go about their business. Are you familiar with the saying: “Tomorrow is another day?” That pretty much summarizes how I feel at dawn. As long as the Sun rises, there is hope!

Have you ever noticed that no Sunrise equals another? Depending on the amount of cloud cover, the filtered light showcases a wide variety of ever changing color tones, an astounding light symphony in the skies! Colors arrange themselves from violet hues to pink, from orange to golden. Then, in brilliant white, the Sun finally shows up, rising like a queen.

To me, a glorious Sunrise – or Sunset for that matter – is God’s love letter written in the skies. While the daily show is over quickly, none of these are the same. Extremely creative as He is, our Creator loves to surprise us with a new design on any given day. My take-away from these simple observations is that in the midst of chaos beauty still shows its face. All we have to do is pick up on it.

With flowers unfolding in the dust, with every loving word spoken, and with each act of kindness as a token we’re witnessing God’s love all around us, a love that cannot be broken.

Proverbs 31:30: “Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.”

Beauty is fleeting – at least that’s what we experience on planet Earth. A popular reference is flowers. They are known to be beautiful, and they are known to wilt. By the same token, human beauty won’t last. Our bodies wilt – against our will that is – and beauty industries take advantage of that.

The author of the book of Proverbs puts it quite bluntly: there is one thing that will outlast both beauty and charm: and that is our faith in God.

At first sight this doesn’t seem to make much sense, since technically our inner convictions have little to do with our physical appearance – or have they? – Don’t we find physically attractive people with no heart quite displeasing? So, beauty apparently has layers and does not stop at the surface level, and most importantly, genuine beauty always goes deep and has its roots in a kind heart. That’s a good thing to remember, especially as we age.

As nature has its seasons, so do we. Living past Spring and Summer we’ll be approaching the fall and winter seasons of our life. I believe we all struggle with the concept of a physical expiration date. Nobody really likes to expire. Ideally, we all want to stay fresh and young. On this note, there has been ongoing scientific research to raise human life expectancy to 150 and maybe 200 years – While this may sound wonderful we know that we only postpone inevitable death.

And let’s be honest: who wants to live on Earth as it is forever? Here is some interesting insight from the Bible with regards to human life expectancy (Genesis 6:1-3)

“When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. Then the Lord said, ‘My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.’” 

The threshold of 120 years was set with the purpose to prevent us humans to go insane. Life on Earth has its great moments, but generally speaking we navigate through quite a bit of challenges throughout our lifetime. Try to imagine doing this for a thousand years and you would walk in Methuselah’s shoes (Genesis 5:27):

“Methuselah lived a total of 969 years, and then he died.”

Let’s face it: our loss in physical attributes is only temporary. We lose our beauty – so what?! I’m convinced that our wrinkles instantly disappear in Heaven. Eternal life with God is the real deal. If anything, life on Earth is our glorious test run! Fighting our limited lifespan is an uphill battle that we won’t win. Turning to the Eternal One is a far better concept.  As we handle our present life with care, let’s not forget that we are all made to meet our Maker.  He is our ultimate dwelling place and eternal home.

“Lord, you have been our dwelling place
throughout all generations.
Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the whole world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.”   (Psalm 90:1+2)