By, Sierra Fedorko
What comes to mind when I say, “Life is a vapor”?
Perhaps a message you heard urging you to make it count. Or maybe feeling like you never do enough to make it count. Or maybe you get overwhelmed by the brevity of life and the gravity of how you’ll live with and for God.
But what if we took a short little hike and looked at it from another angle? How incredible that in a vapor of a life, a breath, in-out-gone, we can store up treasure in heaven? See other souls be saved by our Savior? Come alongside each other with these earth-tattered burdens fellowshipping in the intimate comfort of God?
Only God can pack so much good and glory into “a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” (James 4:14) How can we not be in awe that in such a short amount of time we can have intimate fellowship with God, be emboldened in His purpose for us, then go out and love others, share the Good News, esteem others better than ourselves, be comforted by God, share that comfort of God, watch His glory unfold in our story and in the stories around us, receive His blessings and gifts, remain free from the bondage of sin, be renewed in Christ daily, all with the assurance that after this jam-packed, beautiful, pain-ridden vapor we will know “a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” than we could ever imagine. (2 Corinthians 4:17b) And “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18 - but I urge you to read the whole of 2 Corinthians 4 to get the best picture of life on earth lived with an eternal mindset. It’s so good!)
I think there is a sobering aspect to life being a vapor, and it can be very healthy to consider and evaluate how we are living it. But I think we can get excited about this vapor of life too. Not only do hard things not last forever (and we all say Amen!), but God can and does so much through us, for us, and with us in our short burst of life on earth. I find that incredible. Comforting. Amazing!
Perhaps, instead of getting overwhelmed by this short life, being caught up in doing enough for Christ, and double-making sure we make it count. . . . we just wake up, choose to obey God in every choice that day, live in thanksgiving for all we have seen (and not yet seen) Him do, and be on the lookout for His goodness and glory everywhere around us. God, our Lord Jesus Christ, has the power to do impossible, eternal things with every inhale and exhale. Our short bursts of life are not a limitation or a scary reality in His hands. So, we fix our eyes on God and are not intimidated by “a vapor that appears a little time and then vanishes away.”
We are confident in God and excited to see what He will do as we live life for and with Him.