Reprinted from the January / February 2014 issue of “Christian Woman” Magazine.
Among all the other gifts God has given us, we sometimes overlook time. It is easily taken for granted.
What is time? Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor and philosopher, once said: “Time is a sort of river of passing events and strong in its current: no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place. This too will be swept away.”
How true! We wait for a wedding, a birth or a vacation. Almost before we realize it, the event draws near, becomes a reality, and then passes on. We are so much a part of the hours and minutes of our lives that we often do not notice them slipping by.
Life Is Short
The Bible says that most of us will have 70, or perhaps 80, years of life on earth (cf. Psalm 90:10). It is not really a long time, although the very young may think that so many decades seem endless. James 4:14 tells us that our lives are like a vapor. They appear for a little while and then vanish away. Another verse says we are like grass that flourishes in the morning but in the evening is cut down and withers away (cf. Psalm 90:6). Life is very brief!