As far as I was concerned 2015 was rolling along just fine. This past year has been a year of monumental change for many people, myself included. Our church family has spent much of the year planning and preparing for a physical move. On Easter Sunday it became a reality. Most of the spring and summer has been a time of settling in and improving our space.
Now with autumn upon us, the shortening of the days, and the subtle reminders of the coming winter, the “days gone by” have hit me all at once. It is November! There are just a few short weeks left to this year. Yet we have so much to do. Thanksgiving is upon us and the noise and commotion of Christmas and New Year’s follows almost simultaneously.
I’m not complaining about the swiftness of the clock. That’s how time flies. Richelle Goodrich writes about times reality, “Life may dawdle along in minutes but don’t be deceived, for it will sprint by in years before you even notice.”
I am just surprised, as I am every year, at pace of the sprint and the enormity of the opportunities before us. God has blessed us with so many options in life. Yet, as much as we might like, there is no way we can do everything that beckons.
So to make the most of the time we must research, prioritize, and make lists. Yet even our best lists are often nothing more than wishful thinking. Life itself seems to have its own plan for our life. Life’s plan often fills itself with routine, repetition, and regret.
Don’t be a prisoner of time. Enjoy November, embrace December, and find the time to seek out a few of the opportunities that beckon. And remember, ALL our times are in God’s hands. Your time is in God’s hands. My time is in God’s hands!
“But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hand.” – Psalm 31:14-15, ESV