Time is like a river, steadily flowing downstream at a breath-taking pace. We can rescue portions of it – God calls this “redeeming” time. Each year I try to stay focused – from a God perspective – to do my best to “buy back” every drop I can. This is all about drawing close to God and serving those around me.
Paul explained this to the Ephesian church (chapter 5)
“But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. For this reason it says, “Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.”
Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is wasteful, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.”
Oceans and rivers are vast, and certainly are difficult to ultimately harness. I have never been to a funeral where even the most “important” person has done more than make a dent in the river. This is why it is more about God than about our “good works.” When we know God through His Son Jesus, we are swept into the part of the river that IS LIFE.
And that feels peaceful, my friend.