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In my youth, time was my enemy. It caused me to wait for this and that. The weekend seemed like an eternity away and Summer, well it never seemed to arrive. Time was the thing holding me back from my goal of a certain adventures, vacations, sleep overs and birthdays. As time continued forward, it seemed to gain momentum, the days seemed to end more quickly, weeks and months followed suit. The next thing I know, I'm attending my twentieth year class reunion. Where did it go? What changed?
Time is a relative constant within a blink of an eye, difference. I know I didn't blink that much! So if time didn't change, then I am the variable, I must have changed. But how? I've thought about this and the only reasonable explanation I can conceive is familiarity. I knew what to expect, but that really doesn’t explain the speed.
“The Lord remembers we are like flowers, here today and gone tomorrow” (Isaiah 40:6-8)
Isn't that the truth, at this speed, my time will be over. Many have tired to manipulate time in many ways, either by ignoring it or being trapped by it. Our memory of times past can be a blessing or a curse.
Some people get trapped in bad memories, which destroy their future. Those who have received the Word of God and believe the truth of our lives, cast all their cares upon him. They have trusted the Lord to do all he said.
Those who ignore time are often caught up in self destruction. They wonder blindly thought their time refusing to believe for anything better. Time is consumed in bitterness, despair, anger towards God and other people. I lived this way for many years. My time was consumed in self indulgence. Once I came into this wonderful relationship, I discovered how much I didn't understand and how much time I wasted.
The Apostle Paul came into this same realization. Many times he mourned his past mistakes of persecuting the church. He testified about this in many letters he wrote to the churches, I believe as encouragement to those who mourned their ignorance of God and his ways.
“No, my dear brothers and sisters, I am not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God through Christ is calling us up to heaven” Philippians 3:13-14
I believe time is a great gift and a testament to the wisdom of God. In whatever time he allocated for each of us, we have a special purpose to give glory to God in the time and talents he has given. It is a shame to waste one moment- but to savor the gift.
“All my days are written in your book” Psalms 139:16
Today, time is no longer the dreaded enemy that caused me trouble in my youth, it's become an old friend. I race to keep pace to accomplish the things the Lord has for me to do- it's a focus, a goal something to be enjoyed.