As Time Goes By
As the clocks change and we face darker, colder days, I was thinking about how quickly time passes.
I was reminded of how precious life is when earlier in the year we had to empty my Aunt’s bungalow because she was unable to safely live alone. We had to make the difficult decision to move her into a Care Home.
Sadly, at the time of writing I am in the process of doing the same thing for my Mother as she too can no longer safely live alone.
Emptying two family properties in such a short time is a painful reminder that life passes very quickly. Homely comforts and treasured possessions can soon be taken away.
As a child I used to gaze longingly at ornaments safely locked behind glass in a cabinet that belonged to my Grandmother. I was not allowed to touch, but I eagerly listened to stories about the collection of her treasures. The cabinet is now mine and how I wish it still belonged to Grandmother.
Nowadays the media bombards us with subtle messages telling us to do more, buy the latest ‘must have’ and be more things to more people in more ways. It’s exhausting.
As a culture we are overloaded and distracted. How much time have you spent on social media today? How about your phone? How about in front of a computer? In today’s world, distraction is par for the course – and I believe it is robbing us of precious time and of what is really important in our lives.
I know that I am not alone in facing the challenges and changes of the season, and I need God’s presence and direction in my life to do things correctly, to use my time wisely and cope as well as I can.
The story is told of an artist who sculpted a beautiful angel and wanted the master artist, Michelangelo, to inspect it and offer his opinion. Michelangelo looked at the sculpture from every angle and finally he said, “It lacks only one thing, it lacks life.”
The same could be said of a lot of people today. They have everything going the way that things ought to go to supposedly live life to its fullest. But there is something still missing, they are lacking life.
Jesus speaks of abundant life in John Chapter 10 verse 10. Jesus says, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
Medical science seeks to add years to our lives, but only Jesus can add life to our years.
As I seek daily to discover the Lord’s plan for my life, how to use my time wisely, there is no question that living the life that God wants me to live is the best life.