Don’t Wait Too Long

Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. – Psalm 90:12


How could I have lost sight of it? That life can change in the blink of an eye. One moment all seems well. The next? Something breaks your heart and sends you reeling.

He was fine. Nothing out of the ordinary–his usual begging, whining, ploys for attention. How did we not notice?

He behaved a little strangely at first–laying in places and ways he never did before, his constant down and up, being away from where we were. But he suddenly plopped down, and I knew. Something was really wrong.

When I saw his almost lifeless body as my son picked him up and placed him in the car, I knew in my heart we would be coming home without him.

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He was just a dog…I know. But he was so much more to us. A faithful companion—a part of the family—for twelve years.


As I tried to process what had suddenly happened, it struck me hard that we never took him walking on that trail we talked about. And now we never would. And as I looked through his photos, why were there so few of him with us? We had a lot of him alone, but where were the photos of our family with him? It was too late now.

Yes, in the blink of an eye, life can change forever. 

And when faced with that change, as we try to wrap our heads around what just happened, we think of things we wish we had done. Maybe things we had planned…maybe things we thought about doing…maybe a conversation we’d been putting off. But the reality sets in that we will never be able to do them now.


Oh, how God is working to teach me this lesson! My Dad’s death, my husband’s life-changing illness, and now my sweet dog, Jerr-Bear. Somehow I keep forgetting.

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Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

We never know how much time we have with the ones we love. So let’s determine to do those things that are important now and not put them off for another day. Another day may not come.

God’s Word tells us that there is a season for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8). But we don’t know how long those seasons will last. That is for God alone to know. We must, therefore, strive to live each day to the fullest and always let others know how much we love them.

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So spend time together. Take those pictures. Have that conversation.

Don’t wait too long…do what’s important while there is still time. For we don’t know how many days we have.

Sovereign Lord, thank You for the time You give us with those we love. Help us to cherish every precious moment. Give us wisdom to do what’s important with them now, while they are still with us, for only You know what the future holds. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Scripture from The Holy Bible, New International Version, 1984.
Images by Sabra Penley.


Filed under Change, Enjoy Life, Expectation, God's Timing, Lessons, Love, Relationships

10 responses to “Don’t Wait Too Long

  1. That is such a beautiful tribute. I am so very sorry for your loss – a dear pet is a blessing indeed and so difficult to part with when the time comes. They add so much richness to our lives and do so unconditionally. You are in my prayers.


  2. I’ve been following your blog only for a week or so. This post was the final push (of several prompts from God) that caused me to go to the hospital this morning and share Jesus with a family member who is dying. I didn’t expect him to respond positively, but he definitely said he wanted to accept what Jesus had done for him. We prayed together that Jesus would forgive his sins and give him a clean heart and an eternal connection with God. I hope you will meet him in heaven.
    I am sorry for the loss of your dog. We had something similar happen about a year ago, and it is difficult. Thank you for allowing it to be used for good.


    • Oh, Deborah! I’m in tears! How absolutely marvelous! So thankful for God’s amazing grace and the faith He has given to your family member. I’m so humbled to know these words were used by the Lord in this way. Thank you for sharing this great blessing with me, and blessings to you.


  3. Oh Sabra, I am so sorry for your loss. Dogs are an important part of the family. How right you are that like can change in an instant. Every day with our loved ones is a gift!


  4. Barbara

    Amen, Amen!! Your gift of writing is touching many hearts – Passing on God’s Love ,Words of Wisdom and Truth. ps ~ Sad for you & family about your dog


  5. So sorry about your sweet dog. That is sad. Life is full of lessons we keep learning. You have so much wisdom: take those pictures, have that conversation. There’s no time like the present.


    • Amen, Betsy. No time like the present. My son is moving to another state in two weeks. Trying to fit those pictures and get togethers in while he’s here. Blessings to you! Enjoy SheSpeaks!


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