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 these 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.
I have found that taking time for people is no lost time at all and making memories is a very rewarding activity. Ironically, if we are in the habit of rushing through life we don’t gain time. Not only could constant hurry create accidents putting us on hold indefinitely, we also miss out on people and relationships.
Slowing down has become a lost art. We stopped walking in 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 meanwhile haven’t learnt to slow down, then our aging bodies will teach us the unwanted lesson.
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.”* (*Source: PBS Series “To Dine For” with Kate Sullivan Season 1, Episode 108: Norman Lear)
In other words, the full scope of reality always escapes us. Unless we know the future, we just don’t have the full picture. The Lord on the other hand knows the future; He is timeless. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is the Creator of time, and so it makes sense to put all our time into His hands. He leads us through good and bad days.
Trust in the Lord more than you trust your own interpretations of life. Nobody knows what tomorrow will bring; knowing the One who holds our future, we all stand a better chance to be at peace.