“All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God does not just sweep life away; instead, he devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from him.”
2 Samuel 14:14
The chapters following King David’s sinful choices depict a horrific storm brewing. First David’s son, Amnon, raped Tamar. For two years Absalom hated his brother, finally murdered Amnon in revenge of his sister, and then fled for three years. When Absalom returned to Jerusalem, he remained estranged from David another two years. But, finally upon seeing his father, Absalom launched his plan to take over the kingdom, and four years later declared himself king. The decade of brewing clouds culminated in a storm that caused David to flee for his life and afterwards mourn the death of yet another son.
In the middle of the impending storm, we find these words: Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground. The choices we make determine what kind of water gets spilled. And whether bitter or sweet, once our life’s water hits the ground, it can never be reclaimed. We cannot un-do the consequences of our choices any more than we can take back the words we spoken.
But notice that GOD does not just sweep life away—HE created us for a purpose. Therefore, when we choose our own good for nothing ways, HE constantly tries to bring us back to relationship with Him. TOGETHER, life has meaning, and the effects of THAT life can NEVER be swept away!