Where has the time gone? I find myself asking that question from time to time--especially at "back to school" time! Everyone proudly shares those first day of school shots of their children as they head out the door for another year of school.
Where has the time gone? My children are adults now! Where has the time gone? What happened to all those babies baptized at church? They're in high school! What happened to those former coworkers and classmates? They're retired; they're grandparents; they're old[er], just like me!
It would be easy to get depressed, I guess when I think about everything I thought I would have done by now, everything I would have accomplished and learned and achieved! I keep chastising myself that "you've got another book to write." There are organizations that need and desperately want volunteers to serve--things to do and learn and achieve!
But wisdom tells me "be gentle with yourself." Life is hard, but God is good. "Breathe." God is in the details. "Pray." God is in the questions and the answers. Tomorrow is another day - a gift just waiting for me to open and explore and share. Wisdom also tells me, though, stop wasting time and energy worrying about "if only" and "should" and "didn't."
Life is fleeting. We (I) had better be and do the best we can each day. Each day is a gift and life is just waiting for us to live it - as we toil, as we rest, as we strive and as we slow our pace; as we seek God and His wisdom; as we question and discover truths. As we forgive and as we repent; as we pray another day to fight the good fight--another opportunity to know where the time has gone and that we spent it well.
"But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare" (2 Peter 3:8-10 NIV)
Blessings on your journey,