The clock is ticking...the 2012 calendar pages are getting ready to close... And as they do, I'm happy to introduce you to another "guest branch." Sue Cutting is a long-time friend, sister in the Lord, fellow homeschooler of yesteryear...but most of all a devout and earnest follower of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In this short piece, Sue writes from a "senior" perspective about the passage of time. But this is not just for us seniors. It's also for all younger folk: moms, dads, singles...even teenagers. Why? Because life is fleeting...it's a vapor, a mist as the book of James says,
What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. James 4:14
So join me in reading and reflecting. Thank you, Sue, for these wise words.
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of time…Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:15-17
A collection of hourglasses is gathered on a small, round table in our home. They are visible reminders of time relentlessly and silently slipping away. At this point in our lives, more minutes are gone than yet remain and we want to be on guard against “time thieves” waiting to steal our treasured moments.
We remind ourselves that we can’t afford to waste time worrying. It is far better to pray, meditate on truth – and trust God. We can’t afford to squander our days chasing fantasies or amassing more trinkets destined to rust, corrode or be eaten by moths. No time left to “impress people” at the expense of pleasing God. No time left to expect others to meet the deepest needs of our hearts – because only God can do that.
We have these fleeting sands of time to live intentionally, thankfully, being mindful of the beauty around us and the multitude of blessings from a good God.
For God so loved the world that He sent his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
The privilege and responsibility of sharing this Good News with succeeding generations becomes more precious and pressing as the hourglass empties.