Our life on this planet is brief. We are, as the Scripture says, “a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes”.

To be fair, we pack a lot into these brief little lives. Joy and sorrow, and everything in between. The whole thing is an adventure. A thrill. A roller coaster of ups and downs. Perhaps the most defining characteristic of our brief existence is mystery. We do not know what will happen next. We are not sure how to interpret or understand things. We are not God.

This mystery leads many to fear. It can lead to a crippling complacency much like someone scared of roller coasters who closes their eyes and grips the safety bar with white-knuckled terror, just waiting for it to be over.

Not the best way to enjoy a “thrill ride” and not the best way to enjoy the brief life you’ve been given.

The point of our brief existence is to point us to God. To invite us into participating in the beauty of His Kingdom. The mysterious beauty. To trust in him no matter what turns and dips await us. To believe in the one who made the roller coaster, the track, and each person invited onto the ride.

Life is mysterious. We experience deaths and resurrections in many forms. May we do it all clinging to Christ and make the most of the brief time we have.

“I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.”
– Philippians 3:10-11