Today's devotion from 2 Samuel 14.
The king's heart was broken. Amnon, his son, was dead, Tamar, his daughter, was violated, and Absolom, another of David's sons, was exiled in Geshur. Meanwhile, David was obviously a shadow of his former self. The despair and depression that overwhelmed him could not be overlooked by his servant, Joab.
Finally, Joab had seen enough. He developed a scheme to cause the king to confront the issue. Through the words of a woman from Tekoa, David was forced to see the time he was wasting. The imagery is striking as she drives her point home, "We will certainly die and be like water poured out on the ground, which can’t be recovered." (2 Samuel 14:14, CSB)
Living in a house with three children, two cats, and one dog, I'm afraid I understand this illustration all too well. When the glass is knocked over or the water dish is spilled, the water lies there. I cannot really be gathered back up, but it will slowly evaporate leaving only traces of its presence. This is the substance of life. One day, we will all die and leave only traces of our ever having been here.
If our goal is leave more of an impression that a mineral ring, then we must build bigger, better, and grander things. However, even the waters of a devastating flood will eventually dissipate. So, what's the point? The point is to realize that life is too short to leave our loved ones unloved. By avoiding the situation with Amnon and Tamar, David was simply wasting time that he could have with Absalom.
Likewise, it's easy to be negligent or distracted from the people in our lives, but one day it will be too late to develop or enjoy a relationship with them. Why are we wasting time? Today is a precious gift. Why not use it for those things that really matter. Pick up the phone, send a message, have lunch, reach out to those that truly matter before time runs out and there is only a void where there could have been satisfaction and joy.