“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)
Ecclesiastes 3:1-22 is a well-known chapter in the Bible. It is also one of my favorites. Wise King Solomon is the author of this book. When I look at this scripture, I am reminded of how fleeting life really is. As I live more years, I am amazed at how fast each second, minute, hour, day, week, month and year passes.
When we observed Ash Wednesday last week at my church with the the practice of placing ashes on our foreheads as a sign of repentance to God, we were reminded by out pastor that these ashes were gathered after the palms the children had waved in church on Palm Sunday 2011 had been burned. Hadn’t we just celebrated that day?
Why does time go by slowly when we are younger, anticipating important dates, like getting our driver’s license, high school graduation and so forth? Time seems to crawl.
However, somewhere along the journey, we quit anticipating and looking forward to milestones. Maybe it is because we begin to realize that our time is limited. Maybe it is because we are more aware of what really matters in life. Hopefully, we come to the point where our priorities change and our life slows down enough to spend more time with God and in service to others.
2012 is a Leap Year. It only happens once every four years. What will you do with your extra 24 hours?