Thursday May 18, 2017 Times

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die.  Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

This verse became a beautiful song, Turn, Turn, Turn, that was quite popular, written originally by Pete Seeger in the late 50s.  The Byrds adapted the lyrics and released their version in 1965.  It is as timely today as it was 3000 years ago.

Today, Gary and I celebrate 32 years of marriage.  It was God’s perfect timing when we met, quite by accident through a mutual friend on a blind date.  Gary was fighting the idea of a blind date and called my home when I was at work and my work when I was at home.  God intervened there and I switched my schedule and we finally chatted on March 24, had our first date March 29 and got married 7 weeks later.  And they said it wouldn’t last!

There is a time for everything!  As we look back over 32 years that were marked with the deaths of parents and loved ones, the weddings of my daughters, the birth of our six grandchildren these times seem like they happened yesterday!  The passing of the years so quickly flying by but the moments that take our breath away are those that stand out in full vibrant color!  These times that we were touched by God!

God has taught that His gift is the time that He has given to live a life apart from Him, here on earth.  I will be going back to be with Him and when I do, I want to be able to have something to give to Him.  Those that I have taught about Him and invited to be in His family are my testimony.  Opportunities, that I do not act are gone forever.  Time waits for no one, so I must be ready, willing and attentive!  God has been so good to me, blessings abound in my life with Gary, my family, and my friends.  The time is always going to seem short and in comparison, to eternity… it truly is!  That is why I am always intensely and purposefully active, I don’t want to waste a minute of the time that has been gifted to me.

Lord, I am so grateful for the moments that You have graced in my life.  Help me to always light the way for others so they will be with You forever.  Open my eyes and my heart to recognize the times when You are blessing me. 

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