“January, February, March, the days are marching forward. April, May, June, and July, they fly like a hummingbird. August, September, October, the year is almost over. November, December arrive, another year, come and gone.”
The three writers of that song, Our Time is Now, knew time is fleeting. A year before the song was written in 2012, one of the songwriters lost their mother to dementia and their father to the same medical condition in 2018. Two years later, that same songwriter required open-heart surgery.
We twirl around and a baby is born. We twirl around and a loved one passes. We twirl some more and that same baby is grown, pregnant with her own child.
When we woke up on News Years day on January 1, 2020 none of us knew what was ahead. Because of this year, most people value time a whole lot more, even though it’s still elusive.
It’s hard for me to wrap my brain around the concept that what I do in the temporary, or the here and now, affects eternity. Regardless, it’s a scary yet true reality.
The writings of C.S. Lewis, going back to 1952, when he wrote Mere Christianity, still speak volumes after many decades.
“But God, I believe, does not live in a Time-series at all. His life is not dribbled out moment by moment like ours: with Him it is, so to speak, still 1920 and already 1960. For His life is Himself. If you picture Time as a straight line along which we have to travel, then you must picture God as the whole page on which the line is drawn. We come to the parts of the line one by one: we have to leave A behind before we get to B, and cannot reach C until we leave B behind. God, from above or outside or all around, contains the whole line, and sees it all.”
No, God is not a slave to time like we are. Although 2020 may have taken away what is most precious to us, some of us think “we” still have time to spare. If God did get a lot of people’s attention this year, why do some folks still put Him off. “I’ll get around to Him someday when I feel religious.”
When exactly is someday? Paul wasn’t vague when he wrote 2 Corinthians 6:2b, “Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.” (NLT)
The prophet Isaiah called for a response while the time is right. He wrote: “Seek the Lord while you can find Him. Call on Him now while He is near. Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the Lord that He may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for He will forgive generously.” (55: 6-7, NLT) Isaiah knew that when God graciously extends an invitation to salvation, people must respond.
Before you wake up on January 1, 2021 what needs to change in your life? Maybe you need to tackle reading the Bible. It may sound harsh, but if you believe it-you’ll read it. We do what we want to do. Maybe you need to cross that line and come to God for the very first time.
Maybe you need to come back to God after the loosing battles with bitterness, sin, and emotional pain. You may have thought you could win those fights on your own, but your soul tells you otherwise. Why not come as you are so you can face 2021 with a sense of hopefulness, peacefulness, and encouragement?
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click below to watch the lyrical music video of Our Time is Now, written by Jon Foreman, Amy Grant, and Marshall Altman