Teach us to number our days aright that we might gain a heart of wisdom. ~Psalm 90:12
Annie Dillard once wrote: "How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing." I think she must have understood the concept of numbering our days aright. She realized how easy it could be to get lulled to sleep in our lives and lose touch with the fact that we have the responsibility to use our minutes and our hours and our days to live the life we have been given to live, rather than simply allowing life to live us. We are not merely passive observers, but are active participants. There is a certain stewardship required to this life we have been given; to use it as the One who gave it to us intended. Our lives are not our own. They do not belong to us, but to Him. Thus, we do not establish the work of our hands for ourselves; we ask God, as Moses instructed, to establish the work of our hands for us. (Psalm 90:17) That takes a lot of time and effort, a lot of being still and making space, a lot of listening and paying attention. If we are to have any real hope of knowing exactly what the work is that we have been given to do, we must first receive that direction from God, rather than just charging ahead, into our lives, determining for ourselves what our work and our direction will be. When I finally begin to understand this I can actually hold some hope of someday becoming wise enough to know what it means to number my days aright.