DayBreaks for 11/03/17: A Few Hours Before Sunset
From the DayBreaks archive, November 2007:
Time fascinates, yet haunts me. I am far too driven by time as a general rule. If I have any paranoia or obsession, it is that I can’t stand to be late for anything. Not even one second. My wife, bless her heart, has had to put up with this now for 37 years. And I must admit, it has at times been a source of conflict between us because she does NOT share my obsession about timeliness. A couple of years ago, I bought a watch that automatically resets the time every night based on a signal that is transmitted via satellite from the atomic clock in Colorado. After all, time is important, right?
Some things make time more than important, they make it priceless. Moments come and go and can be remembered, but never recovered nor fully relived. They are gone – period.
We like to celebrate moments. After all, that’s what birthdays and anniversaries are all about. People do it, nations do it, and even holidays such as Christmas are celebrations of the moment when Jesus was born.
Seldom, methinks, do we give time the respect that it deserves, even though we (and something like 47 other nations around the world) observe Daylight Savings Time in an effort to preserve time – at least the daylight hours.
It is good that we celebrate moments – the Jews certainly celebrated lots of things that took place in the matrix of time and space. God even directed them to do so, therefore it can’t be a bad thing. But what of all those other moments that we don’t celebrate? How do we fill them? Don’t they have equal value to the bright, shining moments that highlight our days? It is really those moments that pass by uncelebrated and forgotten that form the bulk of our time on this earth. And it is those uncelebrated moments that we need to convert, to save, to redeem. I was struck by the words of Amy Carmichael, who noted: We will have eternity to celebrate the victories, but only a few hours before sunset to win them.
Only a few hours to win the victories, but eternity to celebrate. Very wise. Let’s focus our efforts on redeeming the time of our lives as fully as we possibly can. Then, in the Presence of the Lamb, we’ll be able to celebrate not only His victory, but the victories He allowed us to win for His kingdom.
Colossians 4:5 (KJV) – Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
PRAYER: Lord, help us to have the wisdom to live not in the light of the sun, but in the Light of the Eternal Son. Thank you for inviting us to redeem the times in which we live. Help us to win victories for You before the sun sets. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2017 by Galen C. Dalrymple.