“Time marches on,” we say, and use it as an excuse for all the things we didn’t get done in a day. I have been struggling with time lately. This 12-hour block (according to the clock) doubles to create the 24-hour box of our lives that (according to the calendar) repeats over and over and over.
We measure time differently, not just according to a clock or a calendar or a season, but according to our health, ambitions, and weariness of the 24-hour box we “spend” (like money), over and over and over. My health has conflicted with my ambitions of how to spend time the past few months. Even in writing this blog, I’ve “lost time” due to this bronchitis that just seems to hang on and steal my energy and desire to get things done.
Time is of the essence when thinking of my family as well. With my parents facing serious health concerns, I realize I want to be closer to them geographically to be able to enjoy more time together. This presents a difficult time/money management dilemma –how should our lives (Craig’s and mine) change in order to reach this important time goal?
The weather patterns of the Midwest haven’t helped much either; it seems spring has sprung elsewhere in the northern hemisphere, but not necessarily above the 35th parallel… As you might have guessed, I am still of the sentiment of my previous post: “Spring you cannot come soon enough for me!”
My reprieve is that God is not defined by a clock. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) I need to pray more for an eternal viewpoint, to keep my mortal, physical, sickly, speedy, cold and rainy, under-ambitious viewpoint in perspective.
Thank You, God, that “there is a time for every purpose under heaven,” and that You are beyond the boundaries of time. Please help me “spend” my time more wisely, in ways that glorify You.
How do you struggle with time?