There is a time

Middle Daughter and my grandsons are visiting from Switzerland, and we’re juggling schedules to create as much family time as possible in the limited days we have together. I am acutely aware of how precious our hours are. Though I want to hold on, time slips through my fingers without a backward glance. A song from my youth, drawn from the wisdom of Solomon plays in my head.

To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven Eccl 3:1 AMP

I’ve lived most of my life looking toward the future, somehow assuming there would always be more time, another chance for a do-over, opportunity for change, for what-I’ve-always-wished-for to arrive.

Perhaps it is the deaths of loved ones in the last year or two, or maybe it’s just the wisdom of aging, but I have a growing sense of the limitations of my life, and of those I care about.

And that we can only live in this one — this moment — this blink-of-an-eye moment.

No where else.

To learn to live in now, I am discovering the wisdom of knowing what time, what season I’m in.

And living fully into it, even when it is not what I expected or anticipated.

There is a time to build, and look toward the future.

Siesta Key, Fl

And there is also a time to relax.

After a rigorous day on the ski slopes, my oldest Swiss grandson flopped into a chair and announced to his mom, “I’m chillaxing.”

Laax Switzerland
Jeremy chillaxing after skiing

His first day on the beach here, he carried that forward.

Jeremy chillaxing, Lido Key, FL
Jeremy chillaxing

Relaxing and chilling out — chillaxing — resonates as a skill for me to acquire.

You’d think that after months of my semi-invalid life that I’d have that one down pat. But give me a day of normal energy and I’m zooming around like that little pink toy bunny with the drums.

But I am learning to chillax.

And I’m learning other ways of approaching life in order to live fully in the moment.

As an introvert, I’ve always enjoyed time alone.

Siesta Key, FL

But now I’m enjoying time together with others with whom I share love, or faith or interests.

Siesta Key shorebirds

We rarely know when the sun will set for the last time for us, or those we love, when we, or they, will dance on into eternity.

Let us make the most of the time.
Sunset at Siesta Key, FL on Gulf of Mexico

What is your biggest challenge with time?

Is it easier for you to live in the Now, or do you find yourself backwards looking or future seeking?

Are you in a season you never expected?

 

Do you have the time?

Daylight savings time popped in again last night, sucking an hour from my sleep. It’s not all bad. On windy days, hubby will be able to windsurf after work. And that means a happy hubby.

Hubby windsurfing © Jane F Thompson
Hubby windsurfing

Since the benefit lasts until I gain back that hour of sleep in November, it outweighs the drawbacks.

my grandmothers clock © Jane F Thompson
my Grandmothers clock

But isn’t time about so much more than pushing our clocks forward an hour?

Having more daylight at the end of the day?

I could list quotes about time all day.

“In every season there is a time . . . “ “Just in the nick of time . . . “ “It’s about time!”

“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” Carl Sandburg

“Waste your money and you’re only out of money, but waste your time and you’ve lost a part of your life.” Michael LeBoeuf

“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” William Penn

“Humans are amphibians – half spirit and half animal. As spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time.” C. S. Lewis

If Lewis is right, if we are half spirit, but we pour most of our time and energy into this physical world, could we be missing a huge chunk of ourselves, of how our lives were meant to be lived?

From the moment Adam and Eve were ushered out of the garden, they set up housekeeping, worked the earth, began the cycle of life we all know from birth to death.

And they left behind unhurried walks with God in the cool of the evening.

Can you imagine unhurried walks with God?

Wouldn’t you drop everything for even one sunset stroll with the Creator?

In the cool of the evening © Jack H Thompson
in the cool of the evening

Like Adam and Eve, we are barred from the garden, lest we eat of the Tree of Life that would keep us stuck like this forever.

But, unlike Adam and Eve, not only do we live outside of the garden, we live on the other side of the cross.

Jesus came to redeem us, to redeem the world, to set things right.

To restore us.

So that we can spend time with God — whether in the cool of the evening or the crispness of a morning.

Our Creator and Redeemer is waiting.

Can you spare the time?

“But God’s not finished. He’s waiting around to be gracious to you. He’s gathering strength to show mercy to you. God takes the time to do everything right—everything. Those who wait around for him are the lucky ones. “  Isaiah 30:17-19  The Message

crisp morning © Jack H Thompson
crisp morning

“And now to him who can keep you on your feet, standing tall in his bright presence, fresh and celebrating—to our one God, our only Savior, through Jesus Christ, our Master, be glory, majesty, strength, and rule before all time, and now, and to the end of all time. Yes.“  Jude 1:24-25 The Message