Time is an amazing thing. Especially when I think about how God isn’t restrained by time, which means it’s something he made for the sake of our sanity.
Can you imagine life without time? There would be no structure, no order, no way for us all to be on the same “page”. Imagine making doctor appointments or trying to go to our jobs when our bosses want and expect us there. My own personal thoughts about time make me think life without time simply would not work.
I believe God knew what he was doing when he set the example for us all the way at the beginning of “time”. He gave us morning and evening along with a “week” to help keep time. Along with our example of a week, he also gave us an example of resting, which is a word I have been hearing frequently these past seven months.
Time is a bit crazy to think about because life doesn’t make sense without it, yet God is not restrained by it, however we often wish we weren’t, either. There are books upon books and movies upon movies that have the theme of “time travel” but I feel like if that were possible for us to do, it would make life worse, not better.
While at times I wish I could take back words I’d said or things I did, I’m reminded of books I’ve read in which the effects of time travel are far more far-reaching than simply the life of the person traveling. To go back in time and minutely change one decisions could cause people to not be born in the present time or someone to die at a different time, or any number of consequences.
“Just as the human mind cannot comprehend time, so it cannot comprehend the damage that will ensue if we presume to tamper with its laws.”J.K. Rowling
While I would love to travel back in time and see things changed, it’s not my place. Who are we to decide what is right and wrong after they are done and completed? We are not God, able to see the future and know what to do and when to do it – our human minds simply cannot contain all of that responsibility.
“Time simply is; it cannot do anything. Time provides the historical framework in which things happen, but time has no innate ability itself.”Wayne Jackson
In a similar way, we cannot know exactly the amount of time we have left, nor can we know what the affect of a moment of our time can change in our life or someone else’s life.
The way I see it, we can only control the moment we are in right now, right this very second, and we still don’t have complete control of it. Yet, we try so hard to make everything work the way we want it to work. Sometimes that causes us to miss the good things God has brought into our lives as little interruptions that disrupt our daily lives.
I tend to forget to enjoy the moment while it lasts, but I need to remember this moment is a gift from God I can’t get back if I neglect to find the beauty in it. What we decide to spend our time on is a reflection of who we are as a person.
If I choose to waste my time endlessly watching other people’s lives on the internet, I will forget the gifts I have been given and become jealous or depressed instead.
If I spend my time focusing on doing what makes me happy, I become a selfish person.
If I spend my time intentionally trying to find the balance in life I believe God wants for me, I become too focused on life having a schedule I forget to enjoy the little things.
So, for now, I am trying to focus on the moment. What can I do to make this moment count in the grand scheme of life? God uses little moments to wake us up and remind us of his love for us and others and if I do anything other than listen to him intently each moment, lean in to him and enjoy his peace and rest, the time he has given me will be wasted.
Some of us have years to live. Some of us only moments. We can’t control it, we can’t change it, we can’t live without it, so what are we doing with the time we have?