“Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, ‘I find no pleasure in them.’ Then man goes to his eternal home and mourners go about the streets. And the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.” (Ecclesiastes 12:1,5 and 7).
My Musings – A little known corollary to Einstein’s theory of general relativity is that as one ages, time speeds up. But quite the opposite of Einstein’s theory, it cannot be expressed mathematically, it must be observed. The older you are the better it is observed. To the very young, it is barely noticeable. It can only be fully observed by those who are dead.
Some may be skeptical that this is true, but a short illustration can perhaps ease your doubts. Memorial day (last Monday in May) in the U.S. is the unofficial beginning of summer, although the tilt of the earth’s axis is slow to catch up. But no sooner is that holiday over, the summer begins to age and you look up in disbelief that it’s Independence day (July 4th in the U.S.) already. No sooner are the fireworks over that suddenly, it’s Labor Day (another one of those U.S. holidays –first Monday in September) and summer is unofficially over. Once again, the earth is slow in it’s tilting.
If that doesn’t boggle your mind, think about how short the summer seems, now that it is over. Then look back and see how distant Memorial Day seems and you begin to understand why this corollary is so poorly understood, yet so recognizable by those who are older. Even Einstein could not explain it, although legend has it he finally came to grips with it on April 18, 1955. Look it up, you’ll see what I mean.
My Advice – Okay, so now you know this is one of my Sunday “amusings.” A touch of humor, despite how light-hearted the writer of Ecclesiastes seems. Or maybe, not so humorous. But here’s the advice. Don’t let making a living, get in the way of making a life. Do not let the “urgent” things drive out the important things. Remember your Creator while you still have the breath of life. Trust in His Son, before the “labor day” of life is over. It will get here quicker than you think.