The Quandry of Time

 

There’s so many places I wanna see
So many things that I wanna be
But time’s running out on me
There’s so many places I gotta go
So many things that I need to know
But time’s running out on me
Time’s running out on me

Tell me how this started
Look what I’ve become
Here with all of my regrets and broken dreams
Are you gonna help me find the strength to carry on
‘Cause time’s running out on me, yeah
Time’s running out on me

There’s so many things that I’ve yet to do
So many things that I need to prove
But time’s running out on me
So many things that I need to say
But I let the words get in the way
And time’s running out on me, yeah
Time’s running out on me, yeah

Time is running out on me
Now the end is near…
Time’s running out on me…

Have you ever had a song that just rocked your soul? Lately, this is the one for me. It keeps popping up in my iPod shuffle and instantly demands my attention.

The first exciting stanza rings true to my heart.  As the music kicks off, my mind and feet release all sense of calm in exchange for uncontainable energy. YES!!! There ARE so many places I want to see, and SO many things I want to be (although I interpret that as “do/experience”, not necessarily “to be”). Having too quickly reached life’s half-century mark this year, I am pleasantly surprised to not feel over-the-hill, but quite the opposite. Excitement and anticipation at what still lies ahead fills my being, and I ponder at how much time will yet be gifted to me.

“Do not remember the sins of my youth
and my rebellious ways;
According to your love remember me,
for you, Lord, are good.”
Psalm 25:7 (NIV)

By God’s grace and goodness, the 2nd stanza no longer applies. I do remember things that were once regrets, along with broken dreams – both spoken and unspoken, but they no longer weigh me down or hold me back. I am a new creation in Christ, and the old things have passed away (2 Corinthians 5:17). His love is never ending and unfailing. He has shown me, and led me past the one who tries to throw the muck of shame on my mind and heart. God, the Master and Creator of all things, is FOR me. He doesn’t dwell on my past – in fact, He confirms that He chooses to forget it! He gently and patiently spurs me on to seek only His face, for His plans are all good, and even beyond my wildest imaginations. I know. Many of you doubt the complete goodness of God. I am not here to defend Him or convince you; but I am convinced, because of my relationship, and its longevity, with Him. The more time I spend with Him, the clearer and brighter my understanding of Him becomes. Please don’t miss an important point there – time with Him. But let’s move on.

So, what about time? As this song suggests, is time running out? I think the answer is yes, and no.

There is no denying that our present time on earth will run out. Our span here is limited, so we are forced to decide how to spend it. What will we give, or not give, our energies to? Who will we affect in this life, and who will we choose to allow to affect us? How will we be remembered, and does that even matter? It is up to each of us to decide the boundaries.img_2114Speaking of boundaries; they are vitally necessary for a good life, but the teaching and learning of boundaries are often overlooked as youth springs forward into adulthood. At some point, it is wise to stop blaming others (parents, siblings, spouses) for having done, or not having done, this or that. We need to recognize that our actions, and our responses, are our own. “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians‬ ‭5:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬. We are adults now. Let us seek the maturity that is fitting. Let’s get free, and carry well the responsibility of staying free. Life is much more pleasant this way.

While I love the catchy upbeat nature of this music, I disagree with what the final lyrics portray.   As I closely follow God’s plan that He has personally prepared for me (remember, He is not a liar, and His plans are to bless, give hope, and a future, for each of us to live life to the fullest), the end of time may be near, but it will not “run out.” I will accomplish all He has designed for me, and experience delights and enjoy manifested desires of my heart. When time comes for me to move from this earth, and enter the timeless realm, then it will not have run out, but merely have been exchanged for something better. I boast in my Lord, because my face is set on Him and He will not fail to bring my life to its fullness, in fact, it already is full – if I will only recognize it. Whatever the future brings is icing, not on the cake, but on my life.

If life is lived as my Maker has laid out, the end will be perfectly timed, never early or late, and then, in the words of one of my favorite hymns:

I will arise and go to Jesus
He will embrace me in His arms
In the arms of my dear Savior
Oh, there are ten thousand charms

What are your thoughts? Is time running out for you? Is there change needed in your life? Do you fear life’s transitions or are you full and content? I pray that you have the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding and which will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

4 Comments

  1. What to do with time. Guard it closely. Do not waste it. Use it wisely. Try not to beat myself up when I haven’t accomplished what I thought I should have done that day. Remembering mostly, what’s required of me? To love others at every opportunity and spend time in the presence of my Savior. Giving Him the glory. Nothing good comes from me. Having past the half way mark of life, I too wonder what is left, have I squandered too much of it. Is there time to catch up? Remembering it’s okay to enjoy the life I’ve been given. Remembering today man makes his plans but the Lord directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9. He makes all things beautiful in it’s time. Ecc:3:11 Time to enjoy THIS season of life, whatever our age. That’s what time it is!!! Thanks for the thought provoking words!

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  2. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I like your comment about guarding our time. We too easily give it away, or fill it up with unnecessary or burdensome things. Learning to balance life’s time takes a lot of practice.

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  3. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16. We can only do so much about the “wasting away” but we can seek to be renewed day by day.

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  4. I just sent this to the kids last night…speaking exactly to your question about what we choose to do with our time.

    Thank you for sharing your heart and enriching my soul 🙂

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