The last-minute mad rush is in full swing! Lines at the grocery store are longer than usual. Parking spots are in short supply. People are on their final quest to secure the perfect gift. And drivers…well, honestly, some of them have lost their mind! But none of that seems out of the ordinary. Afterall, Christmas is only 3 days away…
Then, just as quickly as it seems to arrive, it is gone. In the rearview mirror. Over.
I’m not trying to be a scrooge here but time passes too quickly! Don’t you feel it? The rush…the whoosh…flashing…fleeting…
I don’t know why this is front and center in my mind today. Maybe it’s because my son just turned 18 or because I’m going to turn another year older next month. Perhaps it is because the reality of difficult circumstances of those close-by makes heartache and grief palpable. I imagine it is all of the above.
Yes, time goes by too fast. I keep asking it to slow down but it doesn’t pay any attention to me! It just…keeps…on…going…
Perhaps you understand just what I mean.
The more I think about this I am confronted with another truth. Time may pay no attention to us but we can pay attention to time. We can recognize it for the precious commodity that it is. We can choose to linger in the present. Appreciate the moment. Settle into the scene. Instead of having our eye on what’s next we can let our gaze stay fixed on the here and now…and enjoy the view.
Time may never slow down, but we can. God has given you the gift of life. He has ransomed you for freedom because you are precious to Him. You are honored, and He loves you. Every day He is doing something new. He is making a pathway in the wilderness. Each moment is carefully and thoughtfully laid out before you, with treasures all around. He is not a God of chaos or happenstance. He is Sovereign. The King of kings. The Lord of lords. The author and perfector of our faith. The giver of every good and perfect gift. That includes the gift of the present.
“You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” Psalm 139:16
Christmas is coming. The New Year will be here before you know it. As it does, my prayer is that we would say goodbye to the ordinary pace of life…the rush, the hurry, the “what’s next” mentality and instead choose to be radically different, embracing the present as the gift that it truly is.
Enjoy your Present!