Yesterday a friend shared with me that when she was younger her grandmother always told her that God has a big book. And in that book beside each of our names are two dates, the day we are to be born and the day we are to die.
We were talking about whether it said that anywhere in the Bible. The only Scripture that I could come up with to support that idea, expressed that way, is Psalm 139:16: "And in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them" (NASB).
I think my friend was saying that this idea of the big book of beginnings and ends had brought her comfort as she rested in God's ultimate control over what happens to human beings.