Remember your Creator in the days of your youth-before the dust returns to the ground it came from and the spirit returns to God who gave it.” (Ecclesiastes 12:1, 7, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Did you ever notice how time flies when you’re having fun and crawls when you are waiting for the fun to begin? There are corollaries, of course, like how the week at work before vacation moves so slow, but the week of vacation is over before you know it. The paradox is, that when you return to work from vacation, the same amount of time has passed for those who were not on vacation. Fast for you, slow for them. You close your eyes to sleep, and it seems like no time at all has passed when the morning alarm tells you it is time to begin a new day.
But greatest time mystery of all, is how abundant it seemed in our youth looking forward, but how fast it passed as seniors looking back. Yet how can the past twenty years or so that passed so swiftly seem like an abundance compared to the same span of years as we looking forward into what life expectancy remains? As the late Yogi Berra said, “it gets late early out there.” “Out there” being our twilight years. “Like the morning mist, like the early dew that disappears, like chaff swirling from a threshing floor, like smoke escaping through a window.” (Hosea 13:3, NIV 1984).
My Advice – “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity.” (Ephesians 5:15–16, NIV 1984). How does the wise make the most of the most significant opportunity of all? “Seek the LORD while He may be found; call on Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him return to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him, and to our God, for He will freely pardon.” (Isaiah 55:6–7, NIV 1984). For when the “dust returns to the ground” it will be too late. And it may be getting late early.