If it wasn’t for Time…

For most of my life, I have thought of time in a negative way.  I don’t have enough of it, it escapes me, it goes too fast.  I run after it.

But I did not know that time is on my side.

If it wasn’t for time, I would not know that seasons come and go.  The best ones don’t last, but the worse ones don’t either.  I find such joy in looking forward to the next season. Time has taught me that it is coming for sure.  Spring always comes back.

If it wasn’t for time, I would not know that God is faithful.  In the good times, in the bad times.  When I am happy and when I am sad.  When I have plenty and when I have very little.  He  meets me, no matter where I am.  He finds me, no matter where I hide.  He loves me, no matter how wretched I might be.

If it wasn’t for time, I would not have realized that my husband is indeed wonderful. I married him because I was in love, but time has proven his character and I have discovered him to be so much more than I ever dreamed he would be.

If it wasn’t for time, I would not know the deliciousness of the week-end coming up, the joyful anticipation of the kids coming home, or the exhausted feeling at the end of a day that is satisfied as I let sleep take me over.

If it wasn’t for time, I would not have seen my three beautiful children turn into productive adults.  I would not have watched them smile their first smile, take their first step, lose their first tooth, sing their first song, run their first race.  I would not have had the delight of seeing them become my friends as they grew up.

And talking about friends… If it wasn’t for time, I would not have forged friendships stronger than the storms of life. Time has granted me friends who remain year after year, friends with whom I can share dreams, laughter, good wines and tears, friends who encourage me to be all that I am called to be.

If it wasn’t for time, I would not have grown to understand my parents and their struggles.  I would not have come to accept them as imperfect people who loved me the best they knew how.

If it wasn’t for time, my home in heaven would forever be in the sweet by and by.

Time is on my side. Indeed.

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