Where has all the time gone?!!
How many times have you found yourself wondering where time has gone? Time flies. Time's a wasting. Time waits for no one. Time marches on. This week I was acutely aware of the passing of time. Mostly it had to do with my daughter, Maryneal, graduating from high school. As you are reading this Reflection, I am at her college orientation at UGA. Go Bulldogs!
Sitting in the Gwinnett Civic Center on Wednesday evening I saw with my very eyes how time marches on as the Lambert High School senior class of 2015 received their diplomas. It seemed like only yesterday that my precious daughter was a toddler following me wherever I traveled; whether in a backpack, a jogging stroller (leading me as I pushed) or following in my footsteps. Debbie affectionately called her, "Daddy's little shadow." She is my shadow no more and hasn't been for many years, but graduations are a time to reminisce. Now she was striding across the stage, walking her own path that she has chosen. UGA will be her home for the next four years. I couldn't have been any prouder as Maryneal processed into her future. I know all of you who had children graduate feel a similar type of pride.
Throughout the week, I found myself looking at pictures of our children when they were younger. The pictures seem to be of a time so long ago now, but serve as reflections in the waters of time that were filled with such faith, hope, and love.
When Paul wrote his first letter to the Corinthian church, his 13th chapter serves as a reminder that while we have the time, we should strive for a life of love. He assures us that love never dies. Though the passing of time is something we all must experience, the staying power of love, especially God's love will not only sustain us, but lead us into our future as time marches onward.
Where has all the time gone?!!! As I reflect on the passing of time, whether it's looking at childhood pictures or watching my daughter march into her future, I find myself resting in God's Word and finding great peace in gifts that God gives; faith, hope, and love.
Prayer for Today
Holy God, you are the Lord over all time and space. Keep us mindful of your gifts of faith, hope and love, so that we will find our strength, meaning and purpose in you. Amen.