Time No More


Jim Croce wrote about it, he wanted to put it in a bottle.

I don’t want to put it in a bottle; I want to understand it—like how can it go by fast but then poke along like the tortoise in the old fable.

And there are so many different kinds. There’s the good times and bad times. Nighttime and daytime.

I can read the hands of a clock to tell time, but I can also glance at my digital clock, phone, or even a sundial, if I had one.

I can set a time for an appointment, a social event, or coffee with a friend, but I can’t for natural childbirth, the start of a snowstorm, or for my azaleas to bloom for Easter pictures.

The Bible says in Ecclesiastes chapter 3 “to everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.” Solomon goes on for seven verses pointing out all the many different things there is time for like a time to laugh, weep, keep, dance, and speak, but he begins with “a time to be born, and a time to die.” (NKJV).

Yes, God knows when we will be born and when we will die and all the days in between. He also knew us before we were born. We read in Psa. 139:16, “Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were appointed for me . . .” (Amplified Bible). He really is Father Time, because He’s not only the creator of time, He measures it, stops its, starts it,  gives it, and knows how much each one of us has of it.

We don’t need to think like ol’ Mr. Croce and put time in a bottle, we need to seize the day and live our lives to the fullest making every moment count. Because the day will come when we will have to account for our time.

How are you living each day? Do the winds of time blow around you without even a thought from you about it or do you feel it press against you to the point it motivates you to action?

Today, take time, don’t waste it, but use what you have to the fullest. Serve the Lord with the gifts He as given you, for there will come that moment when there will be no more . . .






Scriptures from Amplified Bible and New King James Versions.
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Beth Fortune

Beth has a passion for God's Word. Through her writing and speaking she allows the heartbeat of the Father to flow through her words. As an award-winning writer she’s a contributing writer with Christian Devotions and has had stories published in two "Chicken Soup For the Soul Book" Series in addition to other anthologies. Some of her articles have been published in Focus on Family’s "Thriving Family" magazine and Dr. Charles Stanley’s "In Touch" magazine. With a degree in Ornamental Horticulture she loves gardening and enjoys giving gardening talks to churches, schools, and community groups but her real enjoyment comes from sharing God's truths and encouraging others. She and her husband live in Mauldin, SC where they are in a season of caregiving for her father-in-law in the home. A diffiult season, but one in which God continues to show His grace. You can visit her at www.bethfortune.net.

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