For a year now, all through the pandemic, I have been saying, “The days last forever, but the months fly by.” It seems this has been our experience. Some days in the last year seemed to last for a year. But then we would turn around and February was gone. When children ask me, “How long is this going to take?” I always answer, “For you, forever!” Because for children everything, other than what they want to be doing, last forever. Time is relative.
So now we find ourselves in Lent which is a time of 40 days and six Sundays prior to Easter. The name Lent refers to the “lengthening of days.” During this period, between winter and spring, the hours of daylight get longer every day. It is a time when we may give something we like up: i.e., Chocolate, Coffee, Desserts, or all Sweets. This can make the days seem even longer.
So how does time slow down or speed up?
Do you wish it would slow down? Do we want it to speed up?
Do we want something to never end?
Or, do we want this Zoom meeting to END NOW!
Time is funny. And time to God is different than it is for us. Psalm 90 says that, “A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.” That is four hours!
So, a thousand years to us equals four hours to God. That is a big difference. But then God has been around a lot longer than any of us. Maybe there are things God wishes would END NOW! And maybe there are times with you and me that God wishes would never end.
Think about time this week, and think about God this week. When is the time that you feel closest to God? How can you make that time stretch out longer? What times in your life are really most important to you? Who are you with during these times? How can you stretch those out and make them longer?
Watch your time! As they say, “Time has a way of showing us what is most important.”