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Topic: YEAR (05/17/18)
TITLE: Dear Expert
By Janene Bever
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Google knows much, much more about years. I read with some interest that Jeanne Calment of France lived 122 years, 164 days, from 1875 to 1997. The oldest known arctic bowhead whale lived at least 211 years. I’m told I can get to Mars in under a year, between 150-300 days depending on the speed of the launch, the alignment of Earth and Mars, and the length of the journey the spacecraft takes to reach its target. Maybe a bucket list consideration.
But this isn’t about Google, a very, very old woman, a sea mammal or space travel. This is about a word I’m struggling to write a short story around. The word is “year” and I’m wondering what to do with it. What if I want to learn how to apply this word to my life? Many online websites are eager to educate me. But can I trust the information to be accurate? I need to use caution. Where do the so called facts originate? That leads me to wonder about the source. Is there one that can be trusted 100%?
Enter the Bible. For a Christian, the Bible is our infallible “go to” place for information. Now granted, it may not give me every detail about any given word or subject that arouses my curiosity. But, if I’m looking for God’s perspective on how a word, any word, might influence my life, He invites me to ask.
So what does He say about the word year? How many times does it appear in the Bible? Motivated by curiosity, I return to Google. Aha!! The internet guru comes up short this time. Apparently not so all knowing.
Back to the Bible concordance with this scripture verse catching my attention:
“The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.” Psalm 90:10 (ESV).
Further research reveals that God has a lot to say about years but I’m not going to get a word count. Do I really care? This one simple verse is truly all I need. It tells me my years on this earth are limited. I’m not shown how many days, weeks, months or years I will spend here.
What then should be my priority? Is a single year, or are multiple years, important? The Holy Spirit firmly whispers that it’s vital for me to live out my life with eternity in mind.
If I’m trusting my days, weeks, months and years to a source, I’m going to call on the Word of my Heavenly Father Who created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 1 (ESV)
After all, Who taught Google all they know?
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