I often think of how quickly time passes. One day we are riding skateboards, the next we are learning to drive and before long, we are afraid to drive at night or drive on busy freeways. A complete life cycle. That day your children declare, "No mom, you don't need to be driving, I will drive you." This is code for, "You have no business driving at your age." This hasn't happened to me yet but there is still time.
The Mayfly has anything but time. This insect animal is reported to have the shortest lifespan on the planet. The adult Mayfly lives for less than 24 hours. Can you only imagine? Being put on earth to live a day. How would you spend your day?
Your precious time? Scary thought really. But not for the Mayfly. She knows exactly why she exists. And her time is not spent for her own self interest. Not at all. No, the Mayfly lives simply to provide life to others. It is true. I wonder what lesson God was implanting when he conjured up the creation of the Mayfly.
So she will grow up quite quickly, then she will mate with her male procreator inflight. How beautiful is that. Within minutes, she will harvest up to 8,000 eggs which she most delicately deposits in waters below, careful to make safe delivery of all. This delivery is her miracle to share with the universe. And then almost as quickly as she arrived on planet earth, she rests her wings on the water's surface and forever rests in peace. Life no more. Her life will spring from her magical delivery left behind.
Everyday I am alive I think of the Mayfly. What lessons can I learn? Living for others, making every moment count, not taking time for granted. Enjoying the flight.
Yep, God made no mistakes when he left us with the Mayfly. Awesome indeed. I hope we all discover the lesson in his creation for our lives.