But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.
"Time Flies" is the name of the cabin where Danny and I stay on our most recent trip to the Nantahala Mountains. It is our first visit to this particular cabin as it is almost always booked year round. You can see from this spectacular view why this is a coveted place to vacation.
We make our reservations in June just to be sure we can have it for our November trip. Quite a long while to wait! Time certainly doesn't seem to fly during the summer and early fall months as we as we anticipate our visit. But, once we arrive at the cabin, try as we might to savor and relax in the moment, time sprouts wings once again.
Nowhere is this more evident than on our first clear morning when Danny wakens me before dawn.
"The sunrise is going to be spectacular, I just know it!" he assures me. I don't want you to miss it!"
Groggy, and just a tad grumpy, I stumble out of the warm bed and into my robe and stocking cap. I can see from the rime on the deck that the air is cold. Extremely cold.
I sleepily pour a cup of coffee and join Danny outside where he already has camera in hand and tripod set to go.
At first, as I gaze at the horizon, it seems time is standing still. The dimness of the sky remains steady. Unchanging.
And, then . . .
Incrementally, the brightness grows.
And, grows . . .
And, grows . . .
Until the moment we long for arrives to the joyful alleluias of birdsong.
One I will always remember. One I will always treasure.
And, a gentle reminder that while time might not always fly, it definitely marches on. We cannot stop its passing. But, we can enjoy each day, every moment, of this life which the Lord has given to us.
Until the day when we, not time, fly away . . .
Are you spending your time wisely?
Please join me in prayer -
In this time You have given us here on earth, Father, let us do Your will and walk in Your ways to the honor and glory of Your name. Teach us to appreciate every day You give to us and make the best of every moment. Amen.