Ran into a person who I have not seen in ten years. These things happen, offshoots of some obscure family member, where time and circumstance act as a detour, but I was struck with what we all know, and can not control, that TIME moves swiftly.
The end of scripture tells us: ‘Surely I come quickly,’ and of course this speaks of the Lord. A second, a minute, an hour, a day, a week, a month, a year, a decade, a century, a thousand years, are all but a snap, just like that ten-year absence. Poof. The vapor of James testifies and we too can give an ‘Amen.’
Enya sings a tune ‘My my time flies,’ and the older we get, the truer this becomes. Tick tock tick tock, and ‘quickly’ seems to have longer legs and a greater stride. Knowing these things can give relief to weary souls, for He who holds the eternal stopwatch is oh so watchful, and promises to never leave or forsake his own.
In spite of our (my) own aloofness, and our (my) inability to love as He loves, He knows us by name, and get this: He is not ashamed to call us brethren. Oh my. People found fault with Thomas, and dubbed him ‘Doubting,’ but he was no less a believer before he wanted proof of the nail prints.
He could have rightly said, ‘Lord I believe, help thou my unbelief.’ Doubt comes and goes, as all of us have doubts. I appreciate Thomas, for in that small moment of time, he wanted more proof that his Lord was alive, even though the Lord said he would arise after three days and three days.
But time plays tricks on minds; we take our eyes off the prize, and forget the truths that we hold so dear. Let’s remember the love of the Lord as he said to fetch the ‘doubter,’ calling him by name. Thomas could have recalled that the Lord saw Nathaniel under the fig tree when there was nary a man to be found, and that would have been enough, but that’s ok, because Thomas’s lack of faith is my lack of faith. The Lord is Faithful and True, thank God.
To get back on track, we only need to hear that word: ‘Behold I come quickly.’ Yes, a day is as a thousand years, and the Lord’s care for His own never diminishes. Our bodies fail, our testimony wanes, but His love is exceedingly abundant.
Is this not reason enough to redeem the time for the Lord’s sake?