My great aunt’s recent passing opens a door of reflection. I’ve reached the age where most of those who came before me are gone. Shadows fall on their empty chairs. It’s the way of time and fragility (Hebrews 9:27).
by J. Randal Matheny, editor
On this day in 1990, I had lunch with a missionary coworker, met with two Brazilian brothers in the afternoon, got a Coke and an esfirra with my wife, then taught that night in an evangelistic home Bible study group, on the fifth commandment.
Twenty years ago today. Where did the time go? How did this year escape between our fingers?
Then, our oldest was 7, the youngest, 4. There was no third child yet. Today, besides the third child, two daughters-in-law and a grandchild (the reason God gave us children) grace our lives.
These are the ramblings of an aging man. Teens and twenty-somethings think on another plane. Life is, or is yet to happen. The Now and the Future concern them.
But once a life passes some midpoint, with the onset of physical decline, and the ambition of goals peaks, the Past grows in importance.
All of us journey on this continuum of Time, early or late. And whether our focus is past, present, or future, whether time seems to drag or fly, we all need the perspective of living in the end times.
We know the end of a span of time. The hour is up. The day is over. The week is finished. The month has ended. The year has flown.
This era is also closing. The end is near. The time is at hand. The door will soon be shut.
The young think they have plenty of time. This is the great mistake. We all have only the rest of time. And that sliver of life still left to us must finish with sin and devote itself to the will of God. So says 1 Peter 4:1-2:
“So, since Christ suffered in the flesh, you also arm yourselves with the same attitude, because the one who has suffered in the flesh has finished with sin, in that he spends the rest of his time on earth concerned about the will of God and not human desires” (NET).
Make 2011 the year of the will of God.