Time Crunch

Alarm is going off - alright it’s time to get up.
Noon? Already?! Well that’s impressive.
Since when did the sun start setting so early…wait, it’s that late?

Where in the world did my time go…

It’s kind of funny how a second today is truly the same length as a second yesterday or last year and yet, how often those seconds seem to pass at drastically different paces. We all have those days that seem to fly by in a moment’s notice just like we all have those days that simply seem to drag on and on.

Time is a complex topic.It’s a topic and an experience each one of us has, so naturally there are countless thoughts about “where” one should be in their life at a particular time and even how one should and maybe shouldn’t spend their time. So when the pathways of our lives don’t seem to fit those normal expectations of what can often feel like every other person on the planet, well, then what? How do you explain your present reality to curious, although friendly, acquaintances? You don’t have a full-time job? You’re not married? You’re not in a relationship? You’re not even sure if you want to be in a relationship right now? Hmmm.

You know, each and every day we are all blessed with the same 24 hours (or 1440 minutes) (or 86400 seconds) to spend. Yet, how those valuable hours/minutes/seconds are thought of and treated by each individual are often as different as summer and winter in Wisconsin (and if you don’t live here, I can promise you those are two VERY different things).

See...VERY different things.

See...VERY different things.

Why? Why do some treat the passage of time so casually while others view the ticking clock with anxiety as the present turns into the past? Why is time thought of as both a blessing (I get to spend more time with my grandparents) and a curse (I have to wait to find out the results of that test from the doctor)?

Time is a complex topic.

I struggle with patience. And waiting. It’s hard to “not know.” It’s hard to trust. But while I am certainly no expert, I think so much of contentment and satisfaction comes from perspective. Perspective. You know, that lens through which you view the life your living and why you do what you do.

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.           -Psalm 90:12-

The prescription of my perspective lens has had a drastic revamp over the past few years. A revamp that has allowed me to question and seek what is truly important in the days I’m blessed to live on this earth. To evaluate the way I spend those precious seconds I’m given and the people I want to share them with.

I’m pretty convinced that time is one of the most underappreciated gifts God gives to us.  You really can’t put a price on time and there is a beautiful mystery in exactly how much any of us will receive in our earthly time savings account.

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.       -James 4:14-

No one knows what tomorrow will bring, but I do know exactly what my amazing God has brought me right now in this moment. He has brought me the opportunity to spend time with Him in HIS word, allowing me to strengthen my relationship with him before concerning myself with a temporary earthly relationship. He has brought me the ability to sit outside and enjoy the last few days of summer sun with a refreshing iced coffee. He has brought me so many remarkable (and often simultaneously challenging) experiences and lessons that have refined my perspective of life and love for which I will be forever grateful.

This time we have been given is a gift, no matter how stressful or anxiety ridden it can sometimes feel.
Spend a moment, an invaluable moment, to reflect on this time you’ve been given.
This time God allows you to choose how to spend in his magnificent creation.
This time to simply treasure and enjoy.
This time to glorify our great and loving creator.