“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
In life, there is an appointed time for every event to materialize and before such a time can click, no moment can be rushed nor can we pre-pone it. We can neither push this time forward nor delay its happening. Life and time beat together. We know that it is not possible to tamper with the hands of the clock to tick a different time to suit our needs but what we need to do is wait patiently for the particular time to be given to us in our arms for a special destined work.
We see around us that the world has become such a busy place, people running against time while yet others battling with time. Still some, counting every moment of time when afflicted with terminal illness, every moment becomes so priceless. In this pandemonium of time, we want to achieve all within set limits of time but forget that in reality it is the Lord above who not only marks our time but also counts every second of it for us whilst we whisk around this world until that day when the counting stops because eternal time is an endless ticking with no barriers of hours, minutes or seconds.
I once came across a beautiful moving verse which read; “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live that hundred minus one day so that I do not have to live without you.” It definitely strikes the chime of our heart because as we all know that when two people are deeply in love, they cannot bear to parted from the other on this earth yet, God has solved this dilemma as well because love will live on in heaven itself as it is the foundation of its firmament and when one transcends and waits for the other, watches over the other, remains united in spirit and even appears on this earth in a different form. They will thus be inseparable in spirit until they meet once again to joyfully walk through the gardens of heaven filled with the fragrance of a love so sweet and where no time can snatch them away from each other.
Time can be seen, explained, interpreted and realized in several hundred ways, some so mystical and yet others so astonishing. Earthly creatures that we are, we sometimes allow time to hold us speechless and we do not swim along with its tide. When the wave has since long passed, we reflect on what could have been had we used time in its proper perspective and made use of all that its minutes had to offer.
John Greenleaf Whittier has rightly penned; “Of all the sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these; “It might have been.” This statement is a heart delving one to recall the instances when we could have spent Time differently and more positively but we allowed the grains of time to slip through our palms, we did not stop the waves from gushing on instead of writing our destiny on those waves and holding on to its lovely sprays to enjoy the moment it brought. Still, such statements are a heart opener for future moments awaiting to tick in the clock of our life. To taste the sweetness of each given moment in life and to mark each day at the end of it with any special occurrence which took place during the day, the joy and warmth that it left in our hearts however fleeting the moment might have been and the strength that it infused in us to go through other normal and testing moments in life.
When we speak of time, we cannot leave aside the memories of past moments. As we have heard so often, that it is not a particular song that can move or overwhelm us but the memories, events and persons associated with the lyrics of the song that we connect them to. This is what makes the dam of emotions overflow within us and rain out. It is always the rain that is not just a physical phenomenon but the bridge to an emotional connection where our tears are the rainfall of our being. If the rain makes us sentimental, than our tears are the outpouring of a build up of sentiments of both the happy and sad clouds that grazed through our lives.
We see how since the start of creation, God sent his Son at the appointed time to fulfill the scriptures and before this time, however rebellious the Israelites were, he kept sending Prophets and holy men but never changed his course of plan or time. It was only when the time came for the Virgin to give birth, she gave birth to the Messiah of this world.
All through the Old testament, we heard about the time to come when the Savior would save his people and when the Savior did come and lay down his life to save his own, he promised a new time yet to come in the new heavens. Before this appointed time, neither will the world end nor will the second coming take place. As Jesus remarked that it is only God who knows the right time and it is not for us to know time and dates.
Jesus started his ministry at the age of thirty. Before he went out to preach, he fasted for forty days and nights in the wilderness. Each occurrence was as per the time laid down by God. There are two instances in the Gospel which clearly depict this. First when the Mother of Jesus tells him at the wedding feast in Cana that the host had run out of wine and Jesus replies that his time had not yet come. Yet, in obedience to his mother’s will, he performs his very first miracle and changes water into wine.
In the second instance, we see how in the synagogue, when Jesus remarks that a prophet is never welcome in his hometown, the people were so enraged that they tried to throw him off the cliff but Jesus slips through the crowd as and goes away because his time had not yet come.
Jesus taught day and night in the Temple of Jerusalem but no one dared lay a hand of him. It was only at the Passover time when the God’s spotless lamb had to be sacrificed that the time of the passion of Jesus commenced resulting in his death. Once again, at the appointed time on the third day, he rose from the dead and later after forty days, ascended to his Father in heaven.
The time that we spend on earth is closely merged with the time that our loved ones go through in this ship of life where we may sail in different waters but somewhere along the deep seas, the waves that glanced at us and held our gaze will glance through the ones whom our souls are intimately connected with holding their gaze in return.
At the end of the day, we all breathe the same breath of life given by the Holy Spirit and we live the same time that the Spirit has decreed for us. It is just that time wraps itself differently around everyone . It is only when we unwrap the folding of time to behold the marvels that it can offer, then only can we unite our time with the other and make it a united special time where the glory of each chime manifests itself so strongly and passionately.
We should value the time given to us, counted at birth by the Creator and return this time to him in full measure of our capabilities until the final day when time can no more hold us in its power, when we are set free from the chains of time to live eternally with our Lord in his time, with him forever to a united heavenly limitless chime. Until then, every moment is the right time for the right purpose to be undertaken as the life watch ticks by. Most of all, we should never forget that a beautiful time is hidden in each special moment of life which just awaits us to hold it in a firm grasp and embrace. After all, it is we who add to the beauty of time by our own making.