The Gift of Time
Time. It begins. It ends. It flies. It runs out. It heals all things fragile and broken. It matures and bring all things to an end. Everything in the universe reveals its presence and reality.
In the former state, time can be like the sun bringing life and balance to a seed transitioning into the splendor for which it was destined. Existence determined to reach its promised future decided at creation.
In the latter, it can seem like a thief in the night come to steal all joy. Even as it steadies along, it can seem to hurriedly arrive without notice. It can rob one’s peace without so much a word.
Yet even in the mystery of time, obvious to the universe and an anomaly to man, the Creator is completely undefined by it:
“I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One.” Revelation 1:8 NLT
While we may shudder at the confusion of time, it offers us both a reminder and a hope. You see, we have been given 24 hours, 1440 minutes, and 86400 seconds in one single day by our Heavenly Father. We aren’t promised any of it, but granted it with grace. Even in seasons of difficulty and sorrow, we learn that life is a precious gift that comes and goes:
“It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” James 4:14b NKJV
Nevertheless, in the greatest of times and in the most sorrowful of times, our hope still rests in the One who created time as a gift. It reminds us that we cannot keep time as a keepsake in a box in a drawer, hidden away until we wish to use it. Time waits for no man. No woman. Or child. It isn’t something that we take advantage of as if it will always be available.
It goes by many names; past, future, just a moment, a little while, an instant. Each name holds a value understood only in within its own context. Yet only one name frees us: ETERNITY:
“Eternal life means to know and experience you as the only true God, and to know and experience Jesus Christ, as the Son whom you have sent.” John 17:3 TPT
Eternity sets all things in perspective. Our long season of sorrow suddenly becomes a vapor. Our circumstance of pain and rejection although real, become small in comparison to the grandeur of what awaits us in eternity:
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NLT
The cruelty of the world would hope to offer us the illusion of time that is wasted on false endeavors to hold onto things we could never hold on to. Time is a gift. It is given that we may come to mature in all that we were created for. That our destinies may unfold one day at a time. That we may come to know the love of the Father. That we may come to know all that He gave for us.
I CHALLENGE you to live with intention. Through the ups and downs. Through the laughter and the sorrow. Live with no regrets and no fear. Live within time as the gift it is…
We were given the gift of time so that we may grasp ETERNITY!