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In Time
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Clocks are all around us, ticking and chiming and hopefully displaying the correct time. We plan our whole day around the structure of a clock. We wake to our alarms, head off to work, glancing from time to  time at our car’s digital clocks, and we race up the stairs looking at our watches, hoping that we’ve made the meeting just in time. But what is time? Where does it come from, and where does it go?

As a kid, time used to seem like an entity that was purposefully working against me. “How long will it be until we can go swimming mama?” “Why is it taking so long to get to grandma and grandad’s house?” “Do I have to wait until everybody’s done eating to open the presents?” As with any kid, time seems like an enemy. You want things to speed up, you want to get older.

I remember as a kid staring at the round face of our clock as it sat there stoically on the fireplace mantle, waiting for the hands of the clock to turn, just watching the slow and steady tick tock, tick tock, as if the clocks own language was mocking my situation. “Ha, Ha, you have to wait”, the clock seemed to say. I just wanted to open that clocks round face and turn his snobby hands ahead an hour, and speed time up, then I’d show him a thing or two!

Slow and Steady

But time never works that way, no matter if we try to speed it up or slow it down, it still moves on just the same, slow and steady. Eventually the moment that you have waited for so long arrives and you're living in the moment, happy and alive, until you realize that this moment is coming to an end, and all you want to do is slow down the time, perhaps even stop time, and just revel in the warm moments a little longer.

Time is defined by a series of moments in life. The death of a loved one, the birth of a new baby, the celebration of a graduation, the quiet moments around a campfire. Like a flowing river, we’re born at the source and from that point on, we float along, past happiness and sorrow, great tribulations and exalting highs.

Often people wish that God would come right now! The world is in a bad way, I’m ready to leave! But just like a kid staring at the clock, God tells us to be patient, to holdfast. For He will come when the time is right.

The river of time can never be reversed, only grasped. Only you can choose to grasp these moments!

“Meanwhile, friends, wait patiently for the Master’s Arrival. You see farmers do this all the time, waiting for their valuable crops to mature, patiently letting the rain do its slow but sure work. Be patient like that. Stay steady and strong. The Master could arrive at any time” (James 5:8).

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