Words from the Heart for Sunday October 23rd, 2016
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
James 4:14 (NIV)
Life is a Mist
Life is short. Every day speeds by quicker than the one before. Do you have anything that needs to be done today that would be a regret if left unfinished? Ask God to help you not to waste another day – and act!
On October 24, 2013, the famous Maid of the Mist sailed towards Niagara Falls from the Canadian side for the final time. While it continues to operate from the US side of Niagara Falls, it no longer does so from Canada. Considered one of the oldest tourist attractions in North America, the Maid of the Mist has carried a number of celebrities and dignitaries including Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana, former U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt and Pierre Trudeau. The original Maid of the Mist was built at a landing near Niagara Falls on the American side of the border. The boat was christened in 1846, but interestingly, not for sightseeing. The two-stage barge-like steamer was designed primarily as a link for a proposed ferry service between New York City and York, Upper Canada, now Toronto.
Heavy fog is a reality in the part of the country in which I live. This is particularly so in mid-Spring and mid-Fall when the mornings are cooler. The morning mist makes driving challenging. Even fog lamps only offer a short vision distance. In a spiritual sense, the Bible tells us that all of life is like a mist. James 4:14 says “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” Trusting God is a day by day thing. Jesus said that we are not to worry about tomorrow, for today has enough concerns of its own. James reminds us that we don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, let alone farther ahead. It’s like a mist that prevents us from seeing clearly ahead. That’s why we are called to a life of faith, one day at a time. Its why Jesus taught us to pray “give us this day our daily bread” and why God provided manna each day for the people of Israel in the wilderness. While life is a mist, God is with us today and He will guide us through this day as we keep ourselves in Him by faith. Like driving through a fog, we don’t really know what lies ahead. But we know that the Lord God is in our life if we have trusted Jesus Christ as our Saviour and he is in the midst of the mist, guiding us safely.
These have been words from the heart.