Happy New Year everyone!! On a cold New Year’s eve I watched six different fireworks displays from my warm sun room window at midnight. It’s the advantage of living at the top of the hill. True, the colorful great balls of fire were distant, but the displays and the landscape were brilliant in the light of the super moon on the new fallen snow.
So today begins 2018, a blank page. What will you do with your time? Over the past years Dick and I have been privileged to go on mission trips where we could help, teach, serve and work with people in different places and settings than we were used to. These experiences helped us to appreciate the times we have had to love, and share what God has given us. These were times that are very special to us.
Several years ago I wrote a short poem about time. I called it A Time Piece, I would like to share it with you now. I hope it gives you pause to think about time and what you do with it.
“Once upon a time there was plenty of time for quiet time, play time, nap time, chow time, big time and party time. These were the times of our lives. They were precious times with lots of family time, church time, school time, lunch time and long leisurely dinner times.
Ah…………those were the best of times. Do you remember the good ole summertime, and the fun of winter time? In the springtime there was apple blossom time. There were good times anytime, always had some time even if I wasted time.
Suddenly times changed! Someone said now is the time, a stitch in time, one day at a time, and time is money! So now I’m doing time…..full time, part time, overtime, all the time, for double time, but in the end there’s no time, anytime, daytime or nighttime. Boss says your time is my time, make time, don’t take time and even if the computers on down time, there is no pay for comp time!
So where does time go? Time rushes on, funny how time slips away, time and time again. Time marches on and time flies when you’re having fun, time after time. Where has time gone? Well it’s been past time for a long time. Can we turn back the hands of time to old times? We try to save time and still we can’t find time, feel like I’m livin’ on borrowed time. Till one day you’re out of time, then you cry…..just give me a little time and I’ll take time to smell the roses.
We know we have a short time, so there’s no time like the present to make up for lost time and take time for God. It could be just in time, because, there comes a time when time shall be no more.”
By Wanda Gallimore
From Ecclesiastes we have these selected verses about time “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven……..He has made everything beautiful in it’s time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts and no one can fathom all that God does from the beginning to the end. Whatever God does, It shall be forever. Nothing can be added and nothing can be taken away. Because of this men should stand in awe before Him. God shall judge the righteous and the wicked, for there is a time for every purpose and every work.”
Many of our travels revolved around mission trips that had a good purpose, and work……. but also we were given time to enjoy the culture, and the beauty of different places. There is also time given to laugh, and as I look back on the times of the blog I am going to repost and share with you, I hope you will laugh with me as we look forward to the New Year.