TIME – What do you think when you hear the word ‘time’?

“Oh, my gosh, so much to do and not enough time to get it all done in!”

“Where has the time gone? Just yesterday you were born and today you turned 13!”

Time, precious time, ticking away second by second. One tick at a time …

There are certainly times when the moments seem to be passing quickly — too quickly. And there are times when the seconds seem to pass so S..L..O..W..L..Y.  Yet time passes at the same spend, never-changing — only our perception changing depending on what is occurring in our day.

But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord;
I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in Your hands.”
Psalms 31:14-15

This past week I have learned about the unexpected death of a friend’s 49 yr old nephew, the mother of a former classmate and a life-long neighbor who meant so much to our family. This afternoon I take a widow neighbor, who is alone, to the Oncologist who has already told her there is no cure for the melanoma she is battling.

My first grandchild turned 13 yesterday. Her parents celebrate 18 years of marriage today. My ‘brother’ celebrates his 63rd birthday today, a special friend celebrates the 29th anniversary of his 39th birthday tomorrow, and on Wednesday a dear aunt turns 78. Each marking a special passing of time in their lives.

Oh Lord, I don’t always understand your timing.
In fact most of the time I don’t understand
but I rest in Your promises.
Oh Lord, I don’t always use the fleeting moments
that you give me wisely
and so many times I just let them
fly by with no meaning,
wasted never to be regained.
You ARE in CONTROL at all times and
You HAVE a PURPOSE and a PLAN for me
and for the moments of my life – my times.

I look to you this day
to order the moments of the day you have given me.
Help me to use each and every moment wisely and
to use them to Your Glory,
to love you and to love others,
for it is then and then alone
that the moments of my day
have meaning and purpose. 

Thank you for being my God and
for caring about the moments of my days.
Thank you for holding My Time —
each and every second – in Your Hand.
I rest in You
and look forward
to the moments of this day,
to the moments of all the tomorrows
that you may give me,
may each moment be filled with your presence,
until one day – in Your timing –
you come for me to spend Eternity with you.

In Jesus’ Name,

Today, how will you spend your precious moments?

Marilyn Hoeth, Written 3/18/2013


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