What is time? When Christmas tree lights twinkle and the air smells like pine and wassail, to a child, time stretches for eternity. The minute hand crawls around the disc of the clock, even seconds mock the anticipation!
Age places an urgency on time.
"What if my mom doesn't make it through the surgery?"
"What if they don't reconcile before he dies?"
"What if they grow up and move out of my sphere before I've said everything I want to say?"
As linear beings, we are trapped in a momentum of time -- we can't live or plan or reflect outside this flat line of our histories -- but God created this system of time and is not bound by his creation. We understand it only in the abstract (and that itself is a gift from God!), but He is in control of all time and space at once. His Word tells us all we need to know to worship and praise him for his power and majesty, and to reflect on his kindness and mercy for giving us some structure and measure to our existence in the way of seconds, minutes, hours, and days.
“O LORD, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am! Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah (Psalm 39:4-5 ESV)
So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:12 ESV)
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”—yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” (James 4:13-15 ESV)
But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God (2 Peter 3:8-12b ESV)
Because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.” (Acts 17:31 ESV)
I want to be a more faithful steward of the things the Lord has given me, which include words, understanding, avenues, and time. With this in mind, I've started writing for five minutes on Fridays.
Five Minute Friday (FMF) is a weekly event hosted at the website of Kate Motaung wherein participants are given a single word prompt every Thursday evening, which remains active for one week. How to play: write for 5 minutes on the thoughts, memories, impressions, reflections, aspirations, hopes, beliefs, convictions, or whatever, that that prompt word brings to mind. Set a timer, write without worry about spelling or grammar or typos, and stop when the timer goes off (no cheating).
I remember when my favorite blogger Mr. Hunter's Wife first started posting, and it was often her Five Minute Friday posts that I looked forward to most. They were refreshing, uncluttered, frank, and sweet. I ran across a Twitter link to the FMF post Trillia Newbellguest-wrote, and I decided that now might be a good time to tease out my jumbled thoughts with a project like this. So here is my first Five Minute Friday post. I hope you ENJOY it (see what I did there?) and I hope some of you might be inclined to join me.The rules are here. It's free, it's non-committal, and it's easy to participate, so come to the #FMFparty with me!
Laura England Miller