This is certainly a time in history where it almost feels like the earth is birthing. Seems we have been in labor for a very long time now. We have seen wars come and go, trends cycle and come back, and technology expound into things we never dreamed of in days that have passed. Some call it the end times, others a time of new beginnings. I suppose we all see it through the eyes of our own beliefs and perspectives.
The Bible tells us there is a time for all things under heaven. Through my eyes its a time of joy and a time of weeping. Some things are hard to watch and others are joyous and loving. I’m not sure they are both balanced equally. Maybe only God knows that equation.
I do know things are changing. We are changing. Our hope is we change in a good way. Maybe we can heal wounds, uplift our faith, listen more, and have more empathy. Our hearts all ache and rejoice at the same time. Change and labor is always hard. Usually it all comes with a lot of wounded emotions and tears. We do have hope though! Joy always comes after the hardest parts. I know I felt that joy when my babies came out of me and I held them the first time in my life. Maybe we will get that joy from God as He holds us closely after the hard part is over?
For now we see violence and destruction, but also deep conversations and understanding. It’s hard not to be angry when labor becomes more than we think we can bear. Since the promise to us from God is we will never be given more than we can bear, then we know we will make it. I know our tears are a watering place where healing and love can begin where it has been lacking.
When the season gets to be more than we wish it ever was, remember that this too shall pass. All things pass; this is no different. Our season is just that; seasoning brings flavor to things that are bland and in need of work. If we do the work, we will have the reward.
Just recently I had the pleasure of traveling 1800 miles to see my adult children and grandchildren. My journey took me across 4 states and two time zones. What was interesting is the time in my car does not automatically change but on my cell phone it does. Coming from the south east and going to the west, the only difference I noticed was the daylight and night changes. My body wanted to fall asleep during my usual time zone but it was early for others. It really is interesting how routine our bodies are and how they can adapt and be conditioned to our environment. As long as I got at least 8 hours of sleep I knew I was alright.
The thing that struck me the most is during my travel time back and forth. As I moved along either way, it really did not matter what time it was. All that mattered was that I ate when hungry, rested when tired, and got some exercise when the journey was too overwhelming. Had I never looked at the time I really would not have noticed any change at all. It’s amazing how addicted to the time clock we are in this life. We talk about “punching a time clock” while working but actually we punch a time clock every day of our lives. The interesting thing is, it is not necessary. Aside from work, appointments and things like that, our bodies tell us what we need when we need it.
The basic things in life are timeless. Also, the most important things in life are timeless as well. These are things such as love, companionship, dedication, friendship, and living in the moment. Time does seem to march on but actually its an illusion. It’s not time that really moves forward, we just age and grow. Hopefully along the way we grow more wise, more adaptable, and more mellow as the days complete themselves. At the end of the day does it really matter what our chronological age is or how much “time” we think we have left on this earth? For children the world is timeless. They play, interact, and exist in a world of “moments“. I can see why Jesus instructed us to be as a child. Children have no real sense of aging, time frames, or stress that come from deadlines. Small children live in the moment.
I wonder how much better your life would be if you choose consciously to live in the moment like a child does? Can you imagine being relieved of the stress of thinking we know what tomorrow will bring? Actually, it’s all an illusion. We really don’t know what will unfold until it does! We gain nothing by our tears, fears, and stressors. Life will unfold as it should and will be as we choose to make it. So, what will be your choice? Will you live life like you are punching a time clock, or will you breathe into every moment no matter what it brings? Yes, things will be hard sometimes and others life will be easier. Either way, remember its all an illusion and to breathe!