Time and life are priceless gifts of God’s grace.  Indeed, when someone gives you time, they give you something to treasure.

Just a Minute

Just a tiny little minute,

only sixty seconds in it

Forced upon me. Can’t refuse it.

Didn’t seek it, didn’t choose it,

I must suffer if I loose it,

Give account if I abuse it.

Just a tiny little minute, but eternity is in it.

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I have an affinity for clocks, especially key-wind clocks that have a prominent “tick-tock” rhythm and chime on the hour.  My favorite is the “Big Bend Westminster Chime”, one that has been charting the passing of time in my home since the early years of my ministry in Michigan in the 1980’s.  In a home that no longer rings with the laughter of children’s voices, those chimes serve as an audible reminder…Time is passing and stands still for no man.

I am old enough to entertain a certain anxiety about the future that was foreign to me in the strength of my youth.  After three score and two years, I am an experienced navigator, having charted a life that has known times of joy and sorrow.  I have weathered sickness and disappointments. I know all too well life’s uncertainties and must choose to either live as a feckless fool, encumbered with fret and worry or embrace with faith and hope David’s declaration,

Psalm 31:14-15a – “But I trusted [hoped]in thee, O LORD: I said [promised], Thou art my God [Elohim; Mighty God]. 15  My times [i.e. seasons of life; appointed times] are in thy hand [consecrated in the power of thine hand]…”

We do not know what the year ahead holds for us or our loved ones; however, we can choose to trust the LORD.  Our God is at the helm of His creation and our times are in the power of His hands, directed by His benevolent will.

Psalm 90:12 – “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”

“God dwells in eternity, but time dwells in God. He has already lived all our tomorrows as he has lived all our yesterdays.” – A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

Copyright 2018 – Travis D. Smith