An early morning fog can look very beautiful and mysterious. Sometimes it settles thick in a valley or comes as thin wisps over the land. Dense fog can be a hazard for travelers on a road. But usually when the sun comes out, fog disappears. It only lasts for a short time.
For thousands of years, people have tried to prolong their lives. They have searched for a fountain of youth that they can drink from and never die. But a fountain of youth does not exist. Some people die when they are young. Others live to be one hundred years old. It is God’s plan that people are born and then they die.
Think about the many years since God made the earth. If we compare our lifespan to those years, it seems very short. James talks about the shortness of life in James 4:14. “You don’t know what will happen tomorrow. Your life is like a fog. You can see it for a short time, but then it goes away.” Fog comes and then it is gone. In the same way, our lives are very short.
James does not want us to be sad about our short lives. He encourages us to depend on God every day. If we allow God to control our lives, we will not worry about what happens tomorrow. Instead, we will live each day to love and serve God.