On the road of experience accidents are bound to happen – hopefully more happy accidents than bad ones – and yet whatever comes our way, it’s a good idea to take the time to sort through things. Not everything happens for a reason. Your birthday cake that slid off the plate and plunged down to the floor is not necessarily a bad omen for the year to come. But some things are waiting to get our attention, and we won’t notice, unless we slow down.
Ironically, if we are in the habit of rushing through life we don’t gain time; on the contrary, we lose time. Not only could we create a bad accident putting us on hold, we also miss out on what could have been, had we only slowed down a little bit.
Slowing down has become a lost art. We stopped walking in the pursuit of flying; and so we get to places quicker and get more things done. As a result, we are caught in a whirlwind of activities. Yesterday we were still kids waiting with baited breath for Christmas morning. Today we are adults and before we know it, our hair turns grey and we detect our first wrinkles in the mirror. If we haven’t learnt to slow down in the meantime, our aging bodies will teach us a lesson or two.
I’m preaching to myself of course. – The proverbial biological clock for women is very real. I ran into that clock, and that clock outran me. On a completely different note, I have found that taking time for people is no lost time at all and making memories is a very rewarding activity.
Norman Milton Lear (born July 27, 1922), an American television writer and producer once said in an interview:
“How can you be jaded? Tomorrow hasn’t happened yet.”
In other words, the full scope of reality always escapes us. Unless we know the future, we just don’t have the full picture. God being the Creator of time, we are well-advised to put our time into His hands. Call on Him! Seek Him out! Drop everything if necessary. Declare a “Time Out” – whatever it takes to have this special moment with the Almighty. He will expertly guide us through each day.
Trust in the Lord! Nobody knows what tomorrow brings; knowing the One who holds our future we all stand a better chance to be at peace.