A Mist that Appears for a Little While

James, the half-brother of Jesus, wrote, “You are but a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” (James 4:14) No one knows the day or hour when their time on this earth will end, and the greater majority do not even know how their death will occur. More often than not, we go about our days never contemplating the frailty of life, and it seems the younger we are, the more we see ourselves as invincible. The truth is, our time on this earth can end in the blink of an eye. It can come without warning, at any time and at any age.

So you may be wondering why this is the subject of today’s devotion. It has taken several days for me to reach a point where I can write about a fatal accident that I witnessed last weekend. It involved a motorcycle and another vehicle in which the man driving the motorcycle lost his life. I doubt the man woke up that morning thinking to himself, “this will be the day I die.” No, I am sure he had plans for the holiday weekend, plans with family and friends to celebrate the end of summer and welcome the days of fall.

As I continue to reflect and ponder on the accident, it reminded me of people who responded to hearing the gospel saying, “I have time or I’ll think about it.” Yet, none of them know what might occur tomorrow or within the next hour or minute. It could be a heart attack, a stroke, or an accident of some sort that ushers someone from this life into the next. In this life, God gives people hundreds of opportunities to enter into a personal relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ. However, after our physical death, there are no second chances. The choice we make of whether to accept or reject Jesus in this life seals our destination in the afterlife.

Therefore, if you are a follower of the risen Lord, Jesus Christ, I want to personally encourage you to continue seeking out the lost and sharing the gospel. Pray to the Father, asking the Lord to place you in the path of someone who needs to hear His message of hope, His message of salvation– spiritual salvation. We need to remember that we may be the only Bible that someone will ever read, the only minister they will ever meet, and perhaps their last opportunity to hear the gospel. That mindset aligns with the words of Timothy, who tells us to “preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.” (2 Timothy 4:2)

On a special note, please lift the family of the man who lost his life in prayer, asking the Lord to blanket them with His comfort, His strength, and His assurance in the days ahead.


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6 thoughts on “A Mist that Appears for a Little While

  1. James Reasor September 9, 2021 / 11:50 AM

    Thank you brother for this very relevant devotional that reminds us of the frailty of our lives and we do not know when our time here on earth has come to an end.

    I’m pretty sure you knew I would respond to this article especially after the “life changing” event that happened with me in the past. You may recall August 1, 2017 me going out for a ride on my motorcycle and encountered a “bad driver” of an automobile resulting in a collision and me being injured beyond imagination and for a while was on “death row” while receiving intensive medical care.. Fortunately, God was not ready to bring me home, but has left me here in earth to do the work He has placed before me to do. Though in human form and wisdom I do not understand why God allowed something that horrible to happen to me, I seek understanding and wisdom through reading the Bible, committing Bible verses to memory and growing closer to God and His Son, Jesus Christ. As I have the Holy Spirit in me I am a stronger person! Knowing Jesus Christ, and having the Spirit in me, “when I am weak, then I am strong!”

    When seeking to understand why the devastating event happened August 1st, 2017, one Bible verse which helps me is Romans 8:28: “all things work together for the good for those who love the Lord and have been called according to His will and purpose.” Perhaps God allowed the bad event to occur knowing that I would grow closer to Him and be at a better place to do the work He has placed before me to do. I am thankful that God is not done with me here on earth because I know there is plenty of work to do!

    Jesus told Peter in John Ch 21 that if he loved Him, he should take of God’s lambs and sheep. That is such a thought provoking and powerful passage which sends a clear message to me regarding what my mission is in life as I move forward: I need to take care of God’s lambs and sheep! I also know this: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! Amen!

    Many blessings to you my friend! Keep on writing, mentoring and discipling us readers! You are a good man!


    • Darryl Orrell September 9, 2021 / 6:13 PM

      Indeed, I do remember your accident and amount of time it took for you to recover, return home where you continued to recover for months. Yes, it is pleasing to hear you share about how God has and continues to work in your life, not that he was not working in your life before the accident, but in terms how deep your relationship with our Lord as a result of the accident, which only continues to grow closer and run deeper than ever before. It’s a powerful testimony and one I am glad that you have chosen to share in your writings from time to time because it inspires hope, points others to God, and encourages them to trust in Him. Keep spreading God’s word and love as He loves by caring for His sheep and his lambs, for you too, are a good man, a faithful man whom God continues to work in and through to reach the lost and inspire the faithful. In other words, keep pressing on Christian soldier! Many blessing to you, sir!

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      • James Reasor September 9, 2021 / 7:40 PM

        … marching on brother, marching on! 😃🙏✝️👍 Blessings!

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  2. Fashion Styles September 12, 2021 / 7:30 AM

    I’m still learning from you, but I’m trying to reach my goals. I certainly love reading all that is written on your site.Keep the tips coming. I loved it!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Darryl Orrell September 12, 2021 / 9:27 PM

      We appreciate your comments and the encouragement that comes through them to let us know that God is working through us to help and reach others with His holy word. Thank you!

      Liked by 1 person

    • James Reasor September 12, 2021 / 9:35 PM

      Thank you for the feedback and encouragement! Many blessings to you!


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