Daily Post: Zip
It marches on. This indefinite existence of past, present and future events, all collectively assimilated into and regarded as a whole life. Time waits for no one. It’s so easy to say, “I’m leaving in a couple of hours to go play golf, then run by the store to pick up a brisket to put on the smoker.” When the reality is, we actually have no control over anything in that statement except to say that is “the plan.” We might intend these things, make schedules, keep calendars, even prearrange as best we can, but the future is yet unknown. It arrives to quickly. It arrives suddenly, in a zip, like the sound of a bullet whizzing by your ear, before you even know it has been fired in your direction.
We measure time. The watch on our arm, or in our pocket, clicks along the smallest of units we can comprehend and the seconds turn into minutes. Try to hold your breath for just one full minute and your lungs will tell you exactly how long that really is. Try to smile for one full minute and the muscles required for the action will enlighten you as to how long sixty seconds really is. Try to gain back the minute you just used to read the last few sentences, and you understand the limitations of your existence. It is impossible to go back. So as not to waste our time, we plan, we calendar, and we ignore the fact that we are really not in control.
Your children are born, they grow up, they move away, they have children, and time has sped through years and years, but it still seems like your children are children. It marches on.
You get your first job, get promoted, change companies, get a new territory, change companies, and time has sped through years and years… it marches on.
What is the sound of time?
Kisses in the dark. Laughter in the park.
The wind in the night. A scream from a fright.
The first born coo. An elephant blast at the zoo.
That mockingbird. The mooing cattle heard.
A grandchild’s cry. A grandfather’s sigh.
The soft tearful wail, when time has prevailed.
The apostle Peter helps us with a single thought regarding the zippiness of time.
2 Peter 3:8
But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.
People like to quote this verse to demonstrate the timelessness of God, that He is present tense all the time. In God’s time continuum 1 day = 1,000 years; and 1,000 years = 1 day. Do you see any logic in this statement? It reads the same backwards and forwards. These are not two separate thoughts, but one thought expressed two ways. So in God’s world 1 day is 1,000 of our years. Or 1,000 of God’s years is 1 day of our existence. Which is it? How could we possibly know? I believe the expression is to help us get the idea that our time zips by, while God is the same… yesterday, today, and forever. Because the context of this statement is about Jesus coming again to conclude human history.
If we understand these concepts, if we commit to their truth, it releases in us the importance of not wasting our days, hours, minutes, and seconds… with unimportant matters. It turns our hearts toward the now. Living this moment to its fullest. Being alive, knowing we’re alive, and living in a way that brings God glory.
What is the sound of time?
1 Thessalonians 4:16
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
When we hear the shout, and hear the trumpet blast from the archangel of God, then we will know that TIME has just begun!
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2 thoughts on “The Sound of Time”
Help me understand “time has just begun” please. The context you are using it. Will we not be in the forever side of our relationship with God? How does time relate then? Thanks.
Hey Bo! Glad to hear from you! Here’s the thing, I think God does have a time continuum of some sort. It’s just that we can’t possibly know how it works, since of course we aren’t there yet. But all through the Bible God communicates to us in our concept of time, while trying to reveal as much about Himself as He can, including His time tables or time continuum. So, in one sense “yes” human time concepts end; while in another sense “time” for us really begins, in the heavenly reality we call eternity. It’s out there, but that’s what I meant.