Even the fact you and I grieve when someone is cut short by untimely death illustrates that we expected or hoped life's normal arch for them and are saddened they didn't find it.
I know, I know... these are not the thoughts of someone younger who is still discovering their purpose in life and pressing toward their prime. Most of us at that point are oblivious to anything other than what we want from life. But when you're older, if you get the chance... you just may think these thoughts.
I kind of got off on a tangent there, but it informs something very current to me. It has to do with reaching our "prime." We tend to think of these things collectively and measured by how old a person is. But, it seems to me each person is somewhat unique. Each individual is like a personal project of God and has their own arch. Some bloom earlier and some later than others.
As those familiar with my past are aware, I served in the "ministry" as a younger man. There was a period of time (about six years) in those days that I labored over and wrote a book called "Entering Canaan." It's no easy read, and it was very difficult to write. In brief, it's about the nature of the way God deals with, teaches and leads his people collectively and as individuals. It's based on the Old Testament story and pattern of the exodus from Egypt and entry into Canaan. I republished the book this last year. There's a link below.
I've been impressed lately that even though I wrote these things nearly 30 years ago, it's only lately that some of the patterns laid out for crossing over into Canaan have become applicable and current to my experience. For instance ... a lifetime of writing and pursuing music has me now doing what I do with Stage Coup Records ... and a lifetime of learning as an artist and laborer in many forms has me now doing what I do with Sculpted Interior Creations. Entering Canaan is about achieving what you are meant to achieve ... and occupying what God intends for you.
As i've been made aware of these patterns and events lately, it was brought home in a funny way this weekend when I was introduced to the two carpenters contracted to build the rooms at this latest Fallout Vapor Shop. Their names are ... Joshua and Caleb ... for real.
God has a sense of humor.