Meditation on Time

1There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: 2a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, 4a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, 5a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, 6a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, 7a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, 8a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.” ~Ecclesiastes 3

Time is wearing away at all of us.

For some it goes so fast we don’t know where the day has gone.  Could it really still have been 24hrs?

And still others have the opposite problem; nothing seems to be happening and they look at the clock, hoping it’ll soon be over, only to find that five minutes have passed since the last time they looked.

But time is also drawing us ever closer to events unavoidable.  Happy memories with family, sad moments with friends, angry moments with siblings, and sick days on the weekend.

Sometimes there’s a celebration, of new life.

Sometimes there’s a tragedy, for death.

Time brings each of us to these moments, some terrible and some wonderful.  It presents us every second with new choices that we hope we do good with and await the consequences.

Very often we feel an enmity with time, thinking that we wouldn’t be so anxious if we weren’t so shackled to the round devices on our walls.

And still we waste precious time on making everything about us seem so perfect: our families, our homes, our appearances, our relationships, our lives.

But time is not fooled by outward appearance; it sees every time we tumble and fall.

The curse Adam and Eve brought upon us, did it also reach time’s ears?

If so, what will it be like when all things reach the end, when God comes in all His righteousness, and makes all things new?

We know that His children will live with Him in all perfection.

Time will see us glorifying God for all eternity.

No longer are we shackled to time’s timeline of a cursed life.

Now time can move as it was meant to; rather than worrying about us, it will be glorifying Christ.

“31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” ~Matthew 6

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:1-3)

“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.” (Matthew 25:13)

“You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” (Luke 12:40)

5But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. 6God “will repay each person according to what they have done.”a 7To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. 8But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.” ~Romans 2

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