But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day.” 2 Peter 3:8
It was a Friday night and that meant football and that was a big deal. Well, one Friday night I missed what would be called a supercharged, game of the year. So it may have been football night but I had a wedding rehearsal. As a pastor I have the privilege of presiding at various wedding ceremonies. To ensure it comes off at least in a semblance of order, we have rehearsals. Now that doesn’t guarantee anything it just sort of helps. It’s like Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” That is a great Biblical principle but not a promise. So, rehearsals don’t guarantee a smooth wedding, but they do help and hence we have them.
So, the rehearsal and dinner ended about 7:50 pm or so. I walked outside and from the church I could hear the crowd–the excitement. It sure sounded like a good game. Honestly, though, I was pooped. If you’ve never overseen a wedding rehearsal you probably can’t identify with that statement. It is kind of like pushing cooked spaghetti or herding cats. As I climbed into my car, I turned on the radio and headed to the house. A minute or two later was when our quarterback connected with one of the kids who attended our church for a touchdown—the first of three. That tied the score with five minutes left in the first half.
For a moment, just a brief moment, I wondered, should I go and get Judy and head on over for the second half? Well, I quickly dismissed the thought. After all, who goes to a game at halftime…it was too late. So, I got home and crashed. We went to bed early and as usual I got up early…like 3:30 am. I checked my phone and there was a message from a friend sent the previous evening: “U R missing the game of the year.” I checked the internet and read the newspaper account and he was indeed right.
They say that hindsight is 20/20. The question then becomes “So in light of it being an unbelievable game–the game of the year–was halftime too late to go? Absolutely not. Considering what I learned Saturday morning after reading about the game, was I too tired, really, to go to the game? The answer is probably not (I had that probably because I really was tired!). The bottom-line, I wish somehow, I could have made the game.
So, what is the lesson to be learned from this tragic tale? Well, first, halftime is not too late. It is never too late to heal a relationship, to offer an apology, to dream a new dream or rekindle a dying fire in a marriage. I obviously don’t know where you are in your life’s game right now, but one thing is sure: it is further into the game than it was yesterday! If you are like me, well, I’m past halftime…but life is still full of challenges, adventures, opportunities and, well, life. So, it’s not too late. Regardless of what time your life clock says–if it is still running–you still have opportunities. You see, what we can accomplish may change and how we accomplish it may be altered but the fact remains that we can still do something.
There is a great verse in God’s Book, the Bible. It says that with God a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like a day. We usually get the meaning that God is not bound by time but there is something else. It also means that God can take a day and make it like a thousand years. God can take what time we have left and multiply it. In other words—it isn’t too late. There is plenty of time to love and plenty of time to serve. Don’t throw in the towel.
Well, on that Friday night years ago I did miss the game and the boat. But there were other Friday nights and other opportunities. It is true for me, and it is true for you. We just need to be wise enough to trust God with each day and wise enough to ask Him to help us make the most of them all. I know that can be challenging but He is a “time multiplying, nothing is too big for Me” kind of God and if we will trust Him, we can rest assured that, “He’s got this.”