The world is slowing down. Science tells us that the earth is winding down, granted it’s only a few milliseconds every hundred years or so. Sometimes, I wish that it was slowing down faster. When I was a child, it seemed like every day went on forever, at some point in life though, that changed. Life no longer seemed like it was trudging along slowly, suddenly, years were melting away faster than seemed reasonable. My aunt once told me that life was like a roll of toilet paper, the closer you get to the end, the faster it seems to go.
Life is fast, and it doesn’t seem like there are enough hours in a day to get it all done. Of course, there would never be enough hours you could add to a day to get it all done. In that fast pace, it’s easy to put things off. Instead of prayer time here, I can use that time to make coffee; instead of scripture time there, I can do research for a project. The list goes on and on, for what we do and decide to put our spiritual lives on the back burner. Thank goodness for days like Sunday, a day where I have to tell myself: “Slow down! This is time I’m devoting to the Lord.”
When Jesus spoke to the Pharisees, they challenged Him on the sabbath and accused His disciples of profaning it, but Jesus wanted them to understand that they had their perspective backwards: “And He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath,” (Mark 2:27). God, in His bountiful wisdom, knew we would work ourselves into the ground if given the opportunity, and He wanted us to have the mentality of giving up some of our oh so precious hours to remember our relationship with Him.
I wish that the world would slow down, that I could spend just a little bit more time doing the things that I would like to do; to finish my projects and complete my goals. Alas, time ever marches forward in an ever quickening pace. It almost makes it mind boggling when I consider eternity. We spend so long worrying about the day to day, it’s easy to forget sometimes that our day, year, and lifetime are all just a drop in the bucket compared to what it’s going to be like someday. A time where we won’t have to worry about filling up the hours to get everything done, instead we’ll be able to simply indulge in the presence and gifts of God.
“I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end,” (Ecclesiastes 3:10-11)