W.I.S.H. Post – August 29, 2018

W.I.S.H. – Weekly Insights for Spiritual Health


Read:   Ecclesiastes 3:1-14

Ecclesiastes 3 has given wisdom to many over the ages, including me.  In 1962 the Byrds song, “Turn, Turn, Turn” became a hit song, based on Ecclesiastes 3.  This biblical passage tells us that, “there is a time for every matter under Heaven.”

On Wednesday, August 29th my son, Joshua, and I will begin the DALMAC (Dick Allen Lansing to Mackinaw) Bike Ride.  It’s 300 miles in five days; your prayers are requested and appreciated.  This will be Joshua’s fourth DALMAC, he has ridden every year since he was 9 years old.  It has become an annual event for us; good father/son bonding time.  This year Joshua will turn 13, a teenager!  That hardly seems possible to me!  Where has the time gone?

Another Bible verse, Psalm 90:12 has also given me wisdom:  Here it is in two versions:  the NIV and a paraphrase version, The Message:

“Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

“Oh! Teach us to live well! Teach us to live wisely and well!”   (The Message)

 Great wisdom.  When I signed us up for the DALMAC in February we knew we would be moving to Auburn.  Last year Auburn schools started after Labor Day, and their 2018-2019 calendar had not yet been published.  Regretfully, Josh will miss two days of school.  We are still unpacking and trying to settle in.  If there was a year not to do the DALMAC, this would be it.  Truly, “There is a time for every matter under Heaven”, so the question is, “what time is it?”  Who knows?  The one who has learned to discern the times, that is the person who will know the right “time”.

Honestly, sometimes we get it right, and sometimes we don’t. “Numbering our days” doesn’t mean that we always “get it right”; hopefully we do get it right more often.  Numbering our days is about living fully in the here and now, because none of us knows how many days we have to live life.  “There is a time…”  Lord, help us to know what time it is, and to live our days wisely.


Pastor Rob Nystrom