Lord, You have been our refuge in every generation. Before the mountains were born,
before You gave birth to the earth and the world, from eternity to eternity, You are God.” Psalm 90:1-2
I glanced back in the rearview mirror and watched it disappear, just like that Christmas came and went. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly time passes. At one time there was a saying that said, “You are slower than Christmas.” Well, at least for me that simply is not true anymore. It seems like yesterday that we were talking about another new year, another new month, or another new week and now it is time to start it all over again. In a very few days we will be celebrating January 1st and the start of another New Year. Amazing.
As you know Christmas fell on Sunday this year. For most folks the day of the week Christmas arrives is not that big of a deal. However, for us preacher-teacher types it certainly is a big deal. It is a definite shift to go from ho, ho, ho and opening presents to “Holy is the Lord.” It is almost like shifting a car from forward to reverse. Christmas on Sunday normally occurs every six or seven years but guess what? Because of the way Leap Year falls next time, it will be eleven years before we celebrate Christmas on a Sunday again. Eleven years. For me, that means I will be knocking on eighty—loudly. For some of you, it means your seven-year-old son or daughter will be knocking on 18. Is that crazy or what?
The crazier part of all of this is that those eleven years…if we get to see all of them…will pass so very quickly. It is such a good reminder that we need to savor each day the Savior gives us. We need to remember how precious every minute, hour, day, month, and year are. The Bible has a lot to say about time and how we handle it. First, Moses tells us in Psalm 90, “Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts.” That is such good counsel. Like a cook carefully measures the ingredients in whatever they are preparing, so we need to carefully measure the value of each day. And when we do, if we do, we will discover the wisdom of the God of the ages.
Another great scripture is found in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. Paul was writing to a group of Jesus people in Ephesus. He said to them, “So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.” Make the most or squeeze everything you can out of each day. There are two things we need to remember about days. First, they all belong to the Lord…we are just managers and second, each day is a gift from Him. No matter how difficult or how easy—each day is a present from Him to His children. So, we should handle it with care and use it wisely.
Two of the things I love about God is His is generosity and wisdom. He gives and guides and then helps us to make the most of every day…every gift. As we look forward to our next installment of time—no matter how much or little we get to experience—always remember that there is One who is standing close just waiting to help us. No matter what—He’s got this. Bro. Dewayne