In the last weeks I’ve allowed my blog to lapse. It’s not that I was too busy, although that was part of it… It’s not that I had nothing to say. I always have commentary for what is happening in the world around me. Instead, it seems that I had more to listen to than to write, for indeed God is speaking to us daily yet often we do not listen.
Time, for us, continually passes by … events happen, days and weeks pass by, we run errands, attend parties (birthday, graduation, wedding, promotion), we pause & grieve after the death of a friend, family member, neighbor, co-worker; then run head long into the next day and the next series of events, often times without reflection, nor even physical rest to recuperate. We run, run, run, and time passes by, days, weeks, months, years.
In the past few weeks, I attended two funerals. Two young men cut down in their prime. Two young men that had bright futures ahead of them. One killed by accident when struck by a car; the other took his own life with a single gun shot to the head. These events happened only ten days apart and were unrelated execpt that they shared the same employer and I knew them both personally. Time continues to pass, day by day, week by week, yet I paused, grieved, and asked God why? I’m sure their families are gonna struggle with that same question for the rest of their lives – why? Why now? Why them? Time will pass, yet the hurt will linger. Their memories will stay with them (and with me) forever, yet each day, time continues to pass.
During the past few weeks, school has ended, children are home each day, and activities flow in every direction… We’ve attended graduation parties, birthday parties, engagement parties, end of the school year parties. We’ve celebrated Memorial Day, Fourth of July, attended barbeques, ate, drank and were merry. Yet both Memorial Day and Independence Day are about sacrifice and loss of life – men and women died in order for us to live and enjoy the very freedom which we celebrate. Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines lost their lives to earn our freedom. But do we pause and reflect? Or do we just run, and eat, drink, and be merry? Time passes by, day by day, week by week, month by month…
This Summer, we will continue to run: to the pool, to the shore (beach for you non-Jerseyans), to barbeques, to work, to hobbies, to sports, to concerts, to parks, to vacations… will we pause to reflect? We we sit with our God and listen? We we just sit and be in His Presence? or will we just run? Time keeps passing. There will be more birthdays; there will be weddings; there will be more funerals; babies will be born, we will attend Christening parties; we will tire out, and yet we will continue to run. And time will pass, day by day, week by week, month by month… Or will it?
When does our time run out? “We know neither the day, nor the hour…” When will we spend time with God? When will we spend time to Glorify Him? When will we spend time to serve others? “We are to love God with all our heart, and all our mind, and all our spririt. And we are to love our neighbors as ourselves.” When will we DO this love? When will there be time? Later, tomorrow, the next day, next week? “The time is NOW.”
“For God, a single day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a single day.” That’s because God is eternal! For us, time keeps passing by … and we know neither the time or place when it will end. Stop right now and give your life back to God. Ask Him to make your will in line with His Will. Time will not keep passing by forever … NOW is the time to turn your life back to the Creator. He made us all for a certain purpose … not to waste our lives “on the run.”
It’s up to you. What’s your choice? What are you gonna do today? Time is running out! -jdp