Humility before God;
One heartbeat, one breath away,
In a moment, in a lifetime.
The plans of a man’s heart soar high
But the secrets of the heart are already known
Nothing hidden from God’s sight
Everything clearly laid bare
All thoughts and motives
Ambitions and desires
Dreams of friendship and success,
Wealth in this world
Even a measure of fame in entertained selfish envy.
To walk a path of true peace
In lasting satisfaction
With a good sense of fulfillment,
True wisdom must be blended purely with understanding;
How fragile a life,
How delicate a human existence
Fleeting as the natural beauty of a woman’s form
And the strength of a man in youth
Maybe as an athlete
Or even as a simple farmer,
Strong hands that once grasped tools
Now weary and arthritic.
The day passes quickly
Days flow as a rushing stream
Years sail off into the migrant skies of a large flock of geese;
Human life in the body “as but a breath”
Simply as a breath, a vapor
Inhaled and exhaled,
Then suddenly the heart stops beating.
“A man in his pomp, without God, without understanding
Is like an animal, a beast that perishes.”