Time is a funny thing…when we are young, it seems like “time” will not pass fast enough. We want to wear certain clothes, drive a car, go out on a date, get a place, get married, have kids, etc. Oh but when we are old, “time,” seems to go so fast! Once you hit 40, it feels like the days fly by. Time is a funny thing…when you are having a good time, time flies…when you are having a hard time, time seems to crawl like a snail. As one song writer said, “There never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do when you find them…”
The picture above (compliments of friend and photographer/artist, Mrs. Kathy Mead Skerritt) shows a marker affixed to a huge tree in England. It states, “This tree was planted by Queen Victoria about the year 1825.” The Queen would never know how many people from all over the world would come hundreds of years later to gain inspiration, hope, comfort and shade from her tree! Only time revealed its majesty.
The Bible says many things about time…
Ecclesiastes 3:1-1 - To every [thing there is] a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…Time is marching on…time waits for no one. Time is a precious commodity.
2 Peter 3:8 - But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day [is] with the Lord is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
James 4:13-15 - 13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow 8we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? rIt is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, s“If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”
Mark 13:32 - But of that day and [that] hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
Psalms 31:15 - My times [are] in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.
Psalms 90:4 - For a thousand years in thy sight [are but] as yesterday when it is past, and [as] a watch in the night.
Ephesians 5:16 - Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
It takes time for God’s purposes to unfold. The majesty and beauty of a tree is within a small seed, planted down deep in the earth. All that the tree shall be is wrapped up in that small seed. It takes time, however, for that beauty and glory to be made manifest on the earth. So too, “it doth not yet appear what we shall be…” Sometimes we resist planting seeds because we get frustrated waiting upon results. But the Lord has given us “seeds” to plant…seeds of knowledge…seeds of mentorship (speaking words of wisdom, hope, love, encouragement to others)…seeds of forgiveness – even among those who refuse to repent, change, etc…seeds of ministry…seeds of dreams…SEEDS!
If we are wise, we will ask the Lord to “teach us to number our days…” Life is truly a vapor. Be willing to plant shade trees under which you may never sit. By faith, sow the seeds that the Lord has given you. Trust God to give the increase. You too will reap a harvest “in this life and the next.”
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Until next Wednesday,
In Faith, Hope and Perseverance,